As a Leeds City Council traded service we aim to be financially sustainable but understand the financial pressures on parents during a child’s early years.

For this reason our fees will always be either at, or below the average fee charges for childcare in Leeds compared with private providers. These charges are reviewed at least annually to ensure we are on track to maintain this fee level.

Our current fees

£49.20 per 10 hour day

£24.60 per half day

Free entitlement

15 hour places for eligible two year olds. Free no additional charge.

Families with 2-year-old children in England, receiving some forms of support, can claim up to 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks each year. This amounts to a total of 570 hours per year, which can be used flexibly with one or more childcare providers. To be able to take up 15 hours of free childcare for a two-year-old, the family must meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit the GOV.UK website here for further information.

However, it is not available to cover the costs of meals, other consumables, additional hours or optional activities.

If you choose to take up extra hours or want the childcare setting to provide meals and snacks or things like nappies and sun cream, the provider may charge you for these.  You should be made aware of any extra costs before your child starts. You can speak to us if you need advice about this.

How to claim your funded childcare place – golden ticket

We send a Golden Ticket to families who qualify for a funded place. You should receive this the school term when your child turns 2. As soon as you receive this, you simply need to

  • fill in the back with your details 
  • take it to your preferred childcare provider before the expiry date – you need to check they offer 2-year-old funded places as not all do. To do this you can find providers who offer these places by logging on to  https://familyinformation.leeds.gov.uk/.
  • your provider will ask you to fill in a parental declaration form when you agree for your child to attend

If you don’t receive a postcard from us, but you think you are eligible then simply contact the Leeds Family Information Service on 0113 378 9700 or at family.info@leeds.gov.uk and we can check your eligibility. We will send you a postcard or letter once we confirm you are eligible, so you and your child don’t miss out.

15 hour places for all 3-4 year olds not yet attending school. Free no additional charge.

30 hour places for all eligible 3-4 year olds not yet attending school. Free no additional charge.

Taking your free entitlement all year round

You can take your free entitlement all year round if you wish and just top it up to a full session. Our Children’s Centre Daycare Managers can give you full details.

Wrap around Care

We also provide what is known as ‘wrap around’ care. This provides more hours of childcare on top of your free entitlement up to a full ten hour day or a 50 hour week.  Further details of the cost for your individual needs are available from Children’s Centre Daycare Managers.

You will always know what is included in our price and what you need to provide for your child.

All meals drinks and snacks are included in your fees or grant funding.

All learning resources are free.

Your child’s profile is free to access and we do not charge for printing your child’s profile if you would like a paper copy.

We do not charge for materials for baking or craft projects.

Special programs including work with Opera North, Northern Ballet, Leeds City Art Gallery, Herd Farm and Leeds Rhinos are free.

Occasionally we may take the children on other outings which are normally funded from nursery or community held funding.

Some family outings, which parents will be invited to, may require a small contribution to costs.

Parents are required to provide:

Nappies and creams

A sun hat

At least one change of clothes (more if the child is potty training)

Methods of payment

All fees are payable at least a week in advance.

We accept; cash, card payments, tax free childcare payments and direct debits.

The government has a range of schemes to assist you in the cost of paying for childcare. For more information about which scheme would be best suited to you, click through to the Childcare Choices website.