Fees & Funding – DeLacey Montessori School
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Our fees & funding

We are a private pre-school, which means that although you can take full advantage of all of the various government schemes available to you, there will be additional service charges to pay. Please see below for more details, and message us directly for a personalised quote. All fees are payable in full in advance each month, regardless of sickness, holidays or any other absence.

We open during school term time only for children aged 18 months and over.  We offer a holiday club scheme at our sister nursery, The de Lacey Day Nursery, click here for flyer.

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DeLacey Montessori Nursery

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri

All hours are term time only. Open 38 weeks a year.

Breakfast Club

9:00am – 9:30pm

£3 per day

Core Hours

9:30am – 3:30pm

After School Club

3:30am – 6:00pm

£7.50 per hour

Early Drop Off

We offer an Early Drop Off service from 9am for all of our children who need it. They will learn by helping us to set up the school and choose and prepare activities for their friends with the teachers. You can pre-book this as part of your usual package, or just turn up each day.

Under 3’s Core Hours (9.30am - 3.30pm)

Full Term
Per Term *
£3,043.80
Per Month *
£760.95
Per Week
£240.30
Per Day
£48.06
Per Hour
£8.01
Half Term
Per Term *
£1,647.30
Per Month *
£411.82
Per Week
£130.05
Per Day
£26.01
Per Hour
£8.67

Per term based on a 38 week year divided by three equal terms (term length can vary from 11-14 weeks in length)

Per month averaged over 12 months.

We offer a minimum of 15 hours per week.

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Over 3’s Core Hours (9.30am - 3.30pm)

From the term after they turn three years of age, all children are eligible to claim 15 hours of government funding. Some families will be eligible for 30 hours of government funding depending on their working circumstances. At The de Lacey Montessori School we are pleased to be able to offer you access to these funding schemes with an ‘additional services’ charge, more information on which can be found below. We offer a minimum of 15 hours attendance per week.

Full Term
Per Term *
£1,444.00
Per Month *
£361.00
Per Week
£114.00
Per Day
£22.80
Per Hour
£3.80
Half Term
Per Term *
£2,044.40
Per Month *
£511.10
Per Week
£161.40
Per Day
£32.28
Per Hour
£5.38

Per term based on a 38 week year divided into three equal terms (actual term lengths vary between 11-14 weeks in length).

Per month averaged over 12 months.

For attendance at less than full time, please use the daily rate and multiply up. For example, if you wish to attend for 3 days with 15 hours the fee would be 3 days per week x £22.80 x 38 weeks of the year / 12 months = monthly fee.

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After School Club (3.30pm - 6.00pm)

This is run as an extension to our day and will include Montessori teaching, crafting, activities, play and an afternoon tea. It will be run by a Montessori teacher and qualified Early Years Practitioner. Numbers are limited to just eight children so please pre-book where possible. Booking by phone on the day will be subject to availability.

£7.50 per hour, charged by the half hour. Sessions can be booked as part of your normal monthly package or on an ad hoc basis as needed.

Half Term
£18.75 Per Day
£93.75 Per Week

When you start with us, we will give you a quote for the whole school year, taking into account when your child turns three and becomes eligible for funding, and any planned increases in hours of attendance, to give you an annual bill, which we will then divide into equal monthly instalments through the school year. Of course, should things change during the year, we can amend the fees to reflect this.

We offer up to two fully funded places to children over three year old per year and two fully funded places to two year olds per year. Please CLEARLY state that you are applying for a fully funded place when you apply to us. Places are allocated on first come first served basis. Once these places are filled, you can still use your two year old funding, but will be required to pay an additional services charge. Please ask us for a specific quote.

Ways to pay

You can pay in a termly or annual lump sum.

You can pay using our monthly direct debit scheme, managed by GoCardless, payable on the 1st of each month.

You can also pay using ‘Tax Free Childcare’, a government scheme whereby you can save up to 20% or £2,000 of your childcare costs. You can find out more and apply at childcarechoices.gov.uk.

You can pay using Childcare Vouchers through your employer(this scheme is being phased out and is being replaced by Tax Free Childcare).

You are of course welcome to pay using a combination of the above to suit you.

All fees are always payable in advance.

What are Additional Services Charges?

The government has a scheme to help working parents with childcare costs by offering 30 Publicly Funded hours of childcare. Here at The de Lacey Montessori School we are keen to offer you the benefits of this offer, as well as the standard 15 hours funding offer.

As the funding rate the government pays us is not enough to cover our costs, we will only be able to offer two fully funded places at any one time. Please make sure that you explicitly request a fully funded place if this is what you would like to apply for, when applying, as these are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We offer our remaining places with a small ‘additional services’ charge for the many services that we offer you over and above those that we are required to offer.

Although we are required to tell you that the government hours are ‘free’ it is much more useful to view them as a subsidy, which is what they are in reality.

The Additional Services’ that your fee will be paying for include the following:

• One-to-one Montessori teaching workshops every day, tailored to the unique needs of your individual child, allowing them to excel quickly

• Staff qualified well in excess of that required, including four Montessori qualified teachers, and an Early Years Professional

• A staff ratio that is always much higher than we are required to provide, so key persons have just 6 or so key children to focus on

• A staff team accredited in the delivery of the ‘Let’s Talk Together’ programme each and every day, all day, ensuring that your child has quality speech and language development input every time they interact with a staff member,

• A staff team accredited in the delivery of the ‘Healthy Early Years’ programme each and every day, all day, focusing on making healthy eating, physical activity, personal, social and emotional development and wellbeing an integral part of all we do,

• Forest School sessions for every child,

• Weekly specialist sessions in yoga, Tai-Chi, multi sports and music,

• A hot, healthy, freshly cooked vegetarian lunch prepared by our own cook on site daily,

To qualify for the 30 hours, either as a completely free place, or a subsidised place, you will need to prove your eligibility. The criteria is that both parents are working, with a lower threshold of 16 hours per week at minimum wage, and an upper income of £100,000 each. For single parents, it will be that the single parent works within these thresholds. You can check your eligibility and make your claim at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk (This is the same website through which you can apply for the Tax Free Childcare scheme).

Whether you wish to be put on the waiting list for one of the fully-funded “free” places, or to enrol your child for a fee-paying place, please apply quickly (stating which option you have selected) as places always go very quickly. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like a personalised quote.

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We offer a ‘Holiday Club’ for those on 15/30 hour or fee paying places at our sister nursery in Norwood Green. Fees apply. Download the flyer below.

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A place where my both the kids were always happy,cheerful and eager to go. I am so proud of Charley and her team that they take care of each and every child needs and ensure they grow and develop with the much needed skills before they start the school . I have seen not only mine but other children as confident and felt contend at drop offs and pick ups. I would highly recommend Delacey to the new parents.

SJ Tiwari

My son, now 4, has been attending this preschool since he was 2 and every morning he is very happy to go. He is learning while having fun and it’s great to see how proud he is when he learns something new. The staff are nourishing, caring and very professional. At this preschool the focus is not only about academic abilities but about creativity, social skills, respect. This was exactly what I was looking for and the reason why I am very grateful my daughter will be able to attend the same school.

Fabrizia Marino

De Lacey have been instrumental in the development of my daughter. I have found every single staff member dedicated to the work they do with the children. Everything within the nursery is so well thought out. The Key workers have always consulted me regularly and given me direction in how I can best support my daughter. The nursery includes ALL the family in social functions which gives a great sense of togetherness, which is especially important for us as a family. It doesn’t feel like a nursery but more like one big family and the children are cared for accordingly. They are even great at supporting parents like myself through transitions and a change in family circumstances. For example, when we had another baby, they supported my daughter alongside us. And also, when we had a family bereavement, the staff not only gave the care to my daughter but also us as a couple. This is a great place to send any child as they truly recognise how to get the best from each child and celebrate them.

Poonam Sandhu Duggal

The De Lacey Montessori and all their staff have been tremendous in the way that they have helped to nurture, teach, grow and develop our son.

The warm, caring and friendly environment coupled with putting the needs of each child at the centre of what you do, has helped to establish my child and others in his group as being slightly ahead of other children that I have observed during “big school” inductions. My son looks forward to attending every day as for him it feels like a home away from home – the difference only being he has more friends to play and learn from whilst there. Thank you for the last 2 years and a bigger thank you for preparing our son for the next chapter in his life – big school and doing so in such an empowering way. The school and the staff will always be in my son’s heart and we as a family will always be grateful for the head start that you have given him. We could not have done this without you and I can’t commend, be grateful, thankful or recommend you enough to other parents.

Nadia Khan

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