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Fees and free places

Free places

Information can be found on the BANES website:

Free places for 2 year olds

Free places for 3-5 year olds

  1. First Steps regularly review nursery fees with trustees, parents are informed via email of any increase at least one calendar month prior to the increase.

First Steps fees

From September 2020 our fees are as follows:

Session TimeAge 2 months - 2 YearsAge 2 YearsAge 3 - 8 Years
8 to 6£59.40£56.70£54.00
9 to 5£53.20£50.80£48.40
9 to 3£40.20£38.40£36.60
9 to 1£27.80£26.60£25.40
1 to 5£25.40£24.20£23.00
3 to 6£19.20£18.30£12.00
Hourly “top up”£6.20£5.90£5.60

There is a 15% sibling discount for second and subsequent children.

Early Years Entitlement (EYE)

Children in receipt of their Early Years Entitlement (EYE) can opt to attend:

  • all year round, receiving 11 free hours of childcare per week or
  • term time only, receiving 15 free hours of childcare per week

EYE hours can be used for any of the top-up hours or you can pay for additional hours. Children in receipt of the Extended Entitlement (30 hours funding) will be charged £0.50 per hour for resources for those hours above the Universal Entitlement of 15 hours.

Children attending and using their Early Years Entitlement will also be charged for their meals. You may be entitled to free meals by applying for the First Steps subsidy. Please speak to a member of staff. The cost of meals are as follows:

EYE only childrenMorning Snack2 course LunchAfternoon Snack
Meal cost£0.60£2.40£0.60


A deposit of two weeks’ fees must be paid when completing the admission form. This deposit will be repaid to you when your child leaves, provided all fees have been paid.

First Steps Terms and Conditions for Payment of Fees