Fees (plus details of additional funding available eg KCC and EYPP)

Exploring the nature garden



The hourly cost per 3 hour session from September 2020has been set at £5.71. Fees can be paid directly into the Stepping Stones account or they can be paid weekly or monthly. You will be issued with an invoice at the start of the term which will show details of your payment options. You are able to pay for extra sessions should we be unable to offer you all of your hours funded (if your child is eligible for funding; see below).

KCC Early Education Entitlement

Every child is eligible for 15 hours (dependent on available spaces) of funded childcare starting from the term after their 3rd Birthday. You can pay for sessions on top of funded sessions at our daily rate, if funded sessions are not available.

This will be applied for automatically on your behalf. You will need to show your child’s Birth Certificate and sign a form confirming eligilibity. You will also need to know your National Insurance Number.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is available to children who attend a setting and have a free Early Education Place as a 3 or 4-year old, funded by Kent County Council.

You may be eligible if you are in receipt of certain benefits, or if you have previously claimed Free for 2 funding.

The funding is given to the setting so that it can be used to enhance your child’s learning. The setting may, for example employ a speech therapist, purchase new resources or have extra staffing.

A form is available at (www.kent.gov.uk/pupilpremium)Please speak to your key person if you wish to discuss this further or need any assistance with the forms.

Free for 2-year olds

Stepping Stones is registered to offer free places for 2 year olds who fall into the correct age bracket and if families are in receipt of certain benefits. Please contact us if you wish to check this further and we will do our best to help.

Childcare Vouchers

Stepping Stones is also registered to with, Computershare  (www.computersharevoucherservices.com) and Fideliti (www.fideliti.co.uk/) and Edenred (www.edenred.co.uk/) voucher schemes. If your employer is also registered, you may be able to claim some of your fees through this.


We ask each family to make a termly £10 (£30 per year) voluntary contribution to our snack-time. We provide each child with a piece of fresh fruit daily and occasionally other snacks. We also ask for a £10 (£30 per year) voluntary contribution towards resources (paper, paint, etc.)