Registration form can be downloaded from here in pdf format. Please email admissions at unitymontessori.com should a word-format be preferred. To organize visits during school hours (mornings), please do contact us. Visits normally take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We are registered as a tax-free childcare provider. Do ask for details on this scheme.
We are also registered to receive childcare vouchers. Please find further information by visiting this link.
Fees academic year 2019 / 2020
Fees are payable termly in advance by Bank Transfer. Fees are calculated on the basis of the 36 weeks of the year that we are open, and divided into 3 terms (Autumn, Spring and Summer.)
For children of eligible age, the Nursery Education Grant (NEG) is applied to fees, and so the fee payable by parents is lower.
No refunds are given in event of sickness or family holidays. Full fees are due from your child’s first settling in day.
When your child is offered a place at Unity Montessori Nursery a deposit of £350 becomes payable. £300 will be refunded when your child leaves the nursery, and deducted from the fees of your last term with us, provided there are no other outstanding payments due.
Fees are inclusive of all care provision, books, stationery, art and craft materials, freshly prepared snack and drinks (including milk and fresh fruits), and local outings (with the exclusion of exceptional trips). Priority is given to full time places and this is reflected in the fee structure.
Term fees are as follow:
FULL DAY (8:45AM – 3:00PM)
5 days £3,650
4 days £3,360
3 days £2,520
Extra day £70
PART TIME (Either 8:45AM to 12:00PM, or 12:00PM to 3:00PM)
5 mornings/afternoons £2,100
Extra session £35
Only for under 3 (minimum 3 sessions required, AM or PM)
4 mornings £1,680
3 mornings £1,260
From the term after a child’s 3rd birthday the minimum attendance is 5 sessions per week.
The Government funded Nursery Education Grant (NEG) is applicable the term after a child’s 3rd birthday for 2 years. This information will be given to you during your visit.
Whilst we do not swap days, additional hours, and emergency days cover are organised whenever possible.
Extra hours for lunch places are at £12.50/hour if it is arranged regularly. Ad hoc sessions could be arranged whenever possible at £15.50/hour.
Late collection and early arrival is charged at £5 per every 10 minutes of delay outside the child’s allocated times. This will be reflected in following term’s invoice.
The nursery requires written notice, three months in advance at the beginning of term, whenever parents decide to withdraw their child. Failure to do so incurs payment of a full term fees.
Late payment of fees (after the 1st day of term) will incur a £25 charge. Unity Montessori Ltd reserves the right to charge interest at 2% above base rate on outstanding balances. Returned cheques or payments will incur a £5 administration fee.
Childcare vouchers are accepted. Fees are subject to revision on an annual basis, and written notice will be given of any changes.
Please pay by BACS to Unity Montessori Ltd, NATWEST Account Number: 65229150, Sort Code: 601520. Make sure you use your surname as reference.
15 hours Nursery Education Grant (NEG) factsheet
What Nursery Education Grant is:
NEG is non means-tested “free” nursery hours for 3 and 4 year olds, effective the term after their third birthday. Originally called nursery vouchers, the scheme has been recently described as Early Education Grant, “15-hour scheme” and other similar names. This is NOT childcare vouchers. It was set up by government as funding to support early years education, and has been for 15 hours per week for many years.
The government funds the hours of eligible children, and each local authority pays funds to providers. Barnet Council pays Unity Montessori Ltd £5.17 for each child enrolled on the scheme.
Proof of address and the child’s birth certificate is required by the government.
Ages of child eligibility for funded 3 and 4 years olds (set by government):
Date of Birth for Nursery Education Grant Eligibility – 3 year olds
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|01/09/2015 to 31/08/2016||01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016||01/04/2016 to 31/03/2017|
Date of Birth for Nursery Education Grant Eligibility – 4 year olds
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|01/09/2014 to 31/08/2015||01/01/2015 to 31/12/2015||01/04/2015 to 31/03/2016|
Why Unity isn’t participating in the “30-hours free” scheme:
The reason we are not offering the 30 free hours is that the rate we receive from the local authority (Barnet Council) is lower than the rate it costs us to operate and provide care. This means that we would be losing money by providing free 30 hour places. Funding for the scheme is fixed until 2020, although costs like food and staff salaries are ever increasing.
A rate of £5.17 per hour does not allow us to provide care, facilities and equipment for children.
Our costs are rent, business rates, utilities, a highly qualified staff team (and their cover, holidays, sick days, pensions, maternity leave, training costs), consumables like art materials, specialist lessons, delicious and healthy snacks, trips and outings, forest school, insurance etc. Running a nursery of this quality requires a range of experienced, qualified senior staff, as well as ancillary staff such as administrative, cleaners and so on, all of whom are essential to the smooth running of the setting.
This funding is referred to as Nursery Education Grant on our fee sheet, and not “free”, as it clearly is not possible to provide genuinely free high quality nursery education in London.
Unity Montessori will participate in the “15 hours” funded places scheme for the foreseeable future.