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Opening Times & Fees – Free Range Explorers

Opening Times & Fees

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.30pm

(Hours outside these times are possible, please discuss with me)

Please note from September 2016 I will be closed on Fridays


I have thought carefully about the fees, by talking to many other local Childminders to ensure they are competitive and affordable, whilst ensuring the growth of the business and to continually improve the provision of the children who attend.


Free Range Explorers Age/Groups Hourly Rate
Early Years Explorers (before school age, 4 years and under) £4.00 or

£4.25 term time/holiday only

plus 10p per hour with eco nappies provided

School Club Explorers (5 years +) £4.25
Holiday Club Explorers (5 years +) £4.25
School & Holiday Club (contracted) £4.00
Flexible hours (outside of contract) £4.25
Out of hours £5.25


Please note that the times you book for your child each week, need to be consistent to guarantee your child’s space.  You will be reserving a space during those hours, which cannot be used by another child.

Hourly rates will be charged in full hours only, there will be no division into minutes.

If your child is ill, or you choose to take holiday during contracted hours you will be charged the price of the time normally used.

If I am ill or have a holiday there will be no charge.  I will always give you a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice of any holiday periods, which will be approximately 4 weeks per year.  One of those weeks is likely to be in August, and another over Christmas.

All invoices will be issued at the end of every month and will need to be paid within 7 days.  Any late payments will occur a £5 fee, and if not settled by the following month will result in the loss of your child’s space.

Families receiving Tax Credits can receive up to 80% of with the costs of childcare.


Drop off/pick up fees

Mrs Ethelstone’s School or Uplyme Pre-School £3.00 (by foot)

Please note that this charge is for, collecting or dropping off your child.  Any time your child is in my care before or after will be charged for in full hours.

Lunch £2.00

This includes a sandwich, carrot or cucumber sticks, fruit and yogurt for children who are developmentally able to eat this.  I will be looking to extend my food menu further with more variety and options for the younger children. You are, of course welcome to supply your own child’s food.


Special Outings

I will on occasion take the children out on special day trips as well as regular visits to the beach, park and local toddler groups.  I will discuss with you and gain permission for any special trips.  Please note:  Additional fees may apply.