This is a standard hourly rate for childcare between 7am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday, regardless of a child’s age


· We do not charge more for babies

· We do not charge less for after-schoolers

· Fees for our non-standard school pick ups and drops offs

  ie. not Owston Park Primary are negotiated on an individual   basis


We do reserve the right to charge a minimum weekly charge and this currently stands at £50.00 per week.


Fees are payable weekly in advance on a Monday by standing order or direct transfer into our nominated bank account or by a childcare voucher scheme.  You can of course pay more than a week in advance if this suits you.


Our late payment fee is £5.00 per day and this will be automatically added to your account if fees are not received by close of business on a Monday.


We also reserve the right to refuse childcare if fees are not paid so please avoid the embarassment and inconvenience of being turned away at the door by making sure your fees are cleared into our account in good time.


Fees which are outstanding for 7 working days or which or which are repeatedly late (more than 3 consecutive weeks or 6 weeks in one year) could result the termination of the contract without notice.











There are a number of initiatives out there which may help you with your childcare costs, by all means ask me for advice about them.


Childcare element of Tax Credits

Many working families are enititled to help with their childcare costs and in many cases you will get 70% of your childcare costs paid for.


Funded places for 2 year olds

Some families are entitled to a 15 hours of funded care for their 2 year old.

Click for more information on eligibility for these places



Funded places for 3 & 4 year olds

All 3 & 4 year olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of funded care.  Many families choose to take this up in a nursery school setting but you can choose to take up the place with a childminder if you so wish which may afford you a little more flexibility with hours etc... than the traditional school setting.


Childcare Voucher Schemes (salary sacrafice via your employer)

Your employer may have a Childcare Voucher Scheme set up.  You sacrafice some of your salary to pay into the scheme who in turn make the childcare payment direct to me.  You are not taxed on the amount that you pay in to the scheme so you save yourself some money.  If you are entitled to tax credits then it is not normally beneficial to use a Childcare Vouchers Scheme


Childcare Grant via Student Finance England

If you are studying for higher education then you may be entitled to a Childcare Grant to cover up to 85% of your childcare costs while you study.  This scheme is means-tested so it will depend on your household income

for more information click here


Care to Learn

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.  You must be aged under 20 at the start of your course. The scheme is available for publicly-funded courses in England. This includes courses in schools, 6th forms in schools, 6th form colleges.  You can get up to £160 per week to help towards your childcare costs while you continue your education

for more information click here



Up and coming changes.....

Tax Free Childcare

The tax free childcare scheme is all set to replace the childcare voucher scheme that is mentioned above.  It is set to come in early in 2017.... For every £80 that a family pays into their tax free childcare account the government will add an additonal £20.


30 Hours of Childcare for Working Parents

This initiative is set to start in either September 2016 or September 2017.


Pilot areas will start in September 2016 but we are not sure yet whether Doncaster Local Authority is going to be one of the pilot areas or not. They will be announced early in 2016.  Keep an eye on Little Caterpillars newsfeed and social media as we will let you know as soon as we do.


The scheme will benefit families with 3 or 4 year olds.  All 3 and 4 year olds will still receive their 15 hours of early education but in addition families where both parents work will be entitled to an extra 15 hours childcare so 30 hours in total, all funded by the government.


It is estimated that 390,000 3 and 4 year olds across the UK will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare and demand for high quality places will be high so register your interest with us as soon as you can....


click here for more information



Universal Credit


Universal credit was introduced to Doncaster in September 2015 but so far only single clamaints making a claim for jobseekers allowance can claim Universal Credit in our area.


Over the forthcoming years there will be a transition from claiming the benefits below separately to making a claim for one single monthly payment for everyone.   Your childcare costs will need to be paid out of this single monthly payment.


  • Housing Benefit

  • Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)

  • Income Support

  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)

  • Child Tax Credits

  • Working Tax Credit



March 5, 2018

I am referring to a report called 'Lost Opportunities, Lost Incomes' which has been published by Save the Children.

The report has revealed that despite childcare reforms in England that many parents are still struggling to get back into work or increase their hours.


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Little Caterpillars Early Years and Childcare

Emma Harris BA (Hons), Early Years Teacher and Trevor Harris Level 3 Qualified Forest School Practitioner
Ofsted Registered Childminding Provision and Childcare on Domestic Premises, Skellow, Doncaster
07865 979407 or 07918 101286  emma@little-caterpillars.co.uk