Fees and Funding

Fees

First Step Community Project is a registered charity, and although we try to make our nursery as accessible to all with very reasonable Nursery fees, these fees along with fundraising, membership and external grants are what keeps the Project going.

Currently our Wee Bears can expect to pay £25.50 per week for their sessions and Big Bears can be up to £74.00 per week depending on sessions allocated and funding. Our fee rates are revised each year.

Funding

First Step Nursery is in partnership with East Lothian Council to offer funded early learning and childcare places for three and four year olds. Children can receive up to 1140 hours worth of free early learning and childcare over 38 weeks of the year (pro-rata according to child’s eligibility). We ask for a small optional charge for snack per session.

First Step Nursery also offers funded early learning and childcare places to eligible two year olds who meet the Government criteria which is provided below. Children will receive up to 342 hours worth of free early learning and childcare over 38 weeks of the year (pro-rata according to child’s eligibility). Parents/Carers receiving this funded place do not make any contributions to snacks or lunches.

"Scotland's free Early Learning and Childcare helps to give children a great start to their education. It encourages them to learn through play with other children and promotes the development of language and social skills in a safe and fun environment. It also helps them prepare for school. It's good for parents too, giving them the flexibility they need to organise family life. It also allows parents to get back to work, study or training." - Scottish Government

2 Year old eligibility criteria

  • Income Support

  • Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)

  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Based)

  • Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

  • Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit with annual income less than £16,105

  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with annual income less than £6,900

  • Universal Credit where the monthly household earned income does not exceed £610 (A copy of your online Journal Statement confirming your monthly payment and take-home-pay must be provided with your application.)

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

For further information on funded places please contact Jennifer Mitchell, Early Years Manager on 0131 665 0848 or email earlyyears@firststepmusselburgh.co.uk