The Nursery is an independent charitable company.

Fees are calculated, and charged in advance, on a monthly basis. Fees can be paid direct from salary for OU employees, Childcare Vouchers and BACs transfers.

We do not charge a registration fee, only a non-refundable £100.00 deposit is required to confirm a booking. This is refunded on your child’s last month’s invoice. We offer three settling in sessions (not charged for) before joining the nursery.

Fees are not refundable. The full fee is deducted every month even if you subsequently don’t use all the sessions that you have booked. Thus, if your child is away on holiday or is unwell and stays at home, we are unable to provide a refund.

One month’s notice is required in writing for any changes to your child’s attendance at nursery.

Monthly charges

These are effective from 1st April 2021

SessionsUnder 2’s2 – 3 Years3 Years
10 (5 Days)£1169£1116£1094
9£1063£1014£985
8£944£901£875
7£826£789£765
6£709£676£656
5£590£563£546
4£473£451£438
3£354£338£328
2 (1 Day)£236£225N/A

Fees will be reviewed annually

Government funding

Mulberry Bear Nursery is open for 50.5 weeks a year. We accept up to 22 hours a week of funded hours all year round for all three and four year olds subject to a minimum booking criteria.

Please note our criteria for accessing universal funding and the extended funding offer:

Universal funding (15 hours)

  • Attendance is a minimum of 3 sessions per week
  • Funding will be applied as a stretched offer 11 hours of free childcare for 50 weeks

Extended funding (30 hours)

  • Attendance is a minimum of 5 sessions per week
  • Funding will be applied as a stretched offer 22 hours of free childcare for 50 weeks

Childcare Vouchers

The nursery accepts all Childcare vouchers and the Government Tax Free childcare scheme.

For further information, please refer to the below website

https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/childcare-vouchers