The James Barney Childcare Centre (situated on Norman Way) is open from Monday to Friday 08.30 to 16.00 and our Swallowdale setting is open from Monday to Friday 8.30 to 15.30.  We are closed during the school holidays and on statutory holidays; these days are not charged.  In addition to this we offer 3 weeks extended sessions in the Summer to children from both nurseries and is held at our Norman Way nursery. Sessions can be combined to meet individual needs; however we require a minimum attendance of two sessions a week. The sessions available can be seen on the side of this page.


Payment of Fees

Fees are payable in advance either monthly or termly. Monthly fees are due on the 1st of each month and termly fees are payable on the 1st of the month before each term commences. Any overdue fees will incur a £10 late payment charge. Fees remain payable throughout absences and a 2 week notice period is required to reduce or remove sessions. All fees are payable by bank transfer, childcare vouchers or Government Tax-free childcare scheme. 

1. Children eligible for Government funding

In the term after your child’s third birthday they will be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare to pay towards your childcare costs. Working parents may also be eligible for an additional 15 hours of free childcare and entitlement can be checked in the term before your child’s third birthday on For some 2 year olds who meet a criteria 15 hours of free childcare is also available. You can check your entitlement in the term before your child’s second birthday on .

As the Government funding only covers the cost of your child’s education there is a weekly surcharge for consumables and sundries not covered by this funding as follows:

  • £2 per week for children in receipt of 2 year funding 
  • £5 per week for working parents in receipt of 2 year funding 
  • £5 per week for all chidlren aged 3 - 4 entitled for up to 15 hours of funding
  • £10 per week for working parents in receipt of 30 hours funding


From September 2023 the FEEE funded hours will be restricted from 8:30 to 15:00. For anyone wishing to use the after clubs 14:45 - 16:00 the first 15 minutes will be taken from your funding entitlement and the additional hour will be charged at the hourly rate of £7. Please note that the afternoon, short day and full day sessions require a packed lunch.

To support parents / carers with childcare costs for children of all ages the Government introduced the  Tax-Free Childcare scheme. This enables parents to open an online account and pay into this to cover your cost of childcare. For every 80p you pay in the Government will top up your account with an extra 20p.To find out more about this scheme please go to: .

2. James Barney Childcare Centre Prices (Norman Way) 





Morning club

8:30 -  9:15


Morning session        

9:15 – 11:45       


Afternoon session

11:45 – 14:45


Afternoon club

14:45 – 16:00


Short day

9:15 – 14:45


Full day

8:30 – 16:00



 3. Swallowdale Prices (Site of Swallowdale Primary School)




Sessions Times Fees

Morning Club

8:30 - 9:15          £5.25      
Morning Session 9:15 - 11:45 £17.50
Afternoon Session    11:45 - 14:45 £21.00
Afternoon Club 14:45 - 16:00 £5.25
Short day 9:15 - 14:45 £38.50
Full day 8:30 - 16:00 £49.00







Early Years Nursery Sessions Include

  • Morning club 8:30 - 9:15
  • Half day morning 9:15 - 11:45
  • Half day afternoon 11:45 - 14:45
  • Short day 9:15 - 14:45
  • Full day 8:30 - 16:00
  • Afternoon Club 14:45 - 16:00