Westwood Nursery: fees and admissions
Learn about the nursery fees and how to apply for a place for your child
Westwood Nursery is available for children from the age of 6 months to school entry age.
We offer places to students and staff of the university and then members of the public community, if availability allows. Places are allocated on the basis of date of application and availability of required days/times of care.
We are very pleased to meet all prospective parents and children: please ring 01225 386518 to make an appointment.
A child can be placed on the waiting list by returning an enquiry form to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We allocate places on the basis of the child's position on the waiting list and availability. Subject to availability we offer places on a full time or part time basis appropriate to the requirements of parents. It should be noted that students or staff have an equal level of priority in this process.
If we offer you a place we will require a deposit of £120 from you to secure the place. This deposit will be deducted from the fees due and is non-refundable in the event of the place being cancelled by the parent. There is also a £30 admin fee which is non-refundable. We will also ask you to complete documents required for information and sign a contract regarding nursery terms and conditions .
We will contact parents on the waiting list periodically to determine whether they wish to remain on the list. It is important that prospective parents keep their email contact details up to date and let the Nursery know if they no longer require a place so that they can be taken off the waiting list.
1 August 2017 - 31 July 2018
|Hourly rate||Day rate 8.30am - 5.30pm (includes lunch)||AM sessions 8.30am - 1.30pm (includes lunch)||PM sessions 1.30 - 5.30pm|
NurseryPlus is the University's salary exchange scheme for employees using Westwood Nursery.
It will allow these employees to exchange a deduction from their salary prior to tax and national insurance in return for nursery care, which can result in significant savings on childcare costs.
How to join NurseryPlus
1) Read the NurseryPlus FAQs and illustrative savings document to ensure that this scheme is suitable for you.
2) Obtain your annual fees schedule from Westwood Nursery to confirm what your monthly and annual nursery costs are going to be.
4) Work out what proportion of your nursery costs you want to exchange under the scheme. If you also intend to use childcare vouchers to help pay for your nursery costs please also indicate this on the form.
5) Complete the application form and forward it to Nabeeha Dodson (ext 6518) at Westwood Nursery by 20th of the month preceding the month you wish your NurseryPlus membership to start.
Changing your child's nursery sessions
If you are thinking about changing your child's nursery session, as a NurseryPlus member you need to request a change to your monthly salary deduction.
Please complete the Request for Change form and return it to Nabeeha Dodson.
Changes to childcare voucher schemes
The Government are closing salary sacrifice childcare vouchers to all new entrants from 6th April 2018. Our scheme is run by Fideliti.
If you wish to join the Childcare Voucher scheme, you will need to register with Fideliti no later than the 11th March 2018. Please see the How to join Fideliti section below.
If you are registered in the Fideliti scheme, you will be able to remain in the schemes as long as:
you continue to make childcare voucher deductions (the Fidelitii scheme minimum is currently £10 per month)
as long as you remain with the same employer and
your employer continues to offer the scheme.
More information is available on the Fideliti website.
What are childcare vouchers?
Childcare vouchers are a Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. As part of the scheme you can exchange up to £243 a month of your gross salary for childcare vouchers (depending on whether you are a higher or lower rate tax payer).
The childcare voucher scheme at the university is provided by Fideliti
The vouchers can be used up to the 1 September following the child’s 15th birthday or 1 September following the 16th birthday for children who are registered disabled.
Childcare vouchers can be stored in your childcare voucher account and only expire once the relevant birthday has been reached (bullet point above).
As long as the childcare provider is registered/approved, the vouchers can be used for such things as:
Out of school clubs
Extra-curricular activities (e.g. music or sports lessons)
Breakfast and after-school clubs
Holiday clubs or schemes
Activity holiday companies including Activate Sport, Barracudas, Camp Beaumont, XUK Activity and XUK Excel
Qualifying childcare offered by schools
How to join Fideliti
You can register online via the Fideliti website
1) click on the "Click to Login" button
2) scroll down to the "Register For Fideliti" section
3) click on the "Employee Registration" link
or call the Fideliti helpline on: 0800 288 8727. Please quote our Employer Scheme Reference UNI9778.
If you join the Fideliti childcare voucher scheme, you are able to take a portion of your salary as childcare vouchers. These vouchers are not subject to tax and national insurance deductions. This is referred to as a salary sacrifice scheme.
Please note that by joining the scheme you are agreeing to a change in your terms and conditions of employment.
Once you have joined the scheme you have access to an online account, and can use an e-voucher to make payment to your registered childcare provider. You can also select auto-pay vouchers which enable you to specify a date and payment amount for automatic payments to your childcare provider each month. You can choose to receive up to the current maximum amount (currently £243 or £124 of vouchers per month, depending on your tax bracket).
The Government have introduced the Tax-Free Childcare scheme (TFC) on 28th April 2017.