Funding & Fees


You may be eligible to funding for all or part of your child’s nursery costs.

Visit Childcare Choices to check for funding eligibility – Childcare Choices serves as a comprehensive portal for parents to access childcare information and determine their eligibility for Government-funded childcare initiatives. It provides information on how to apply for funding.

Alternatively, visit one of Swindon Borough Council’s Early Years and Childcare drop-in sessions – click here for further information


Funding may be available to families, upon application on Childcare Choices as follows:

2 year old funding on economic grounds – potentially 15 hours funding per week is available to families currently receiving certain benefits and/or have a low family income.

2 year old funding for working families – potentially 15 hours funding per week is available to working families with weekly earnings within a specific threshold where both parents work a minimum number of hours.

3/4 year old universal funding – all children are automatically entitled up to 15 hours per week funding from the term following their 3rd birthday. Families are not required to apply for this funding.

3/4 year old funding for working families – potentially an additional 15 hours funding per week to add to the free universal funded hours is available to working families with weekly earnings within a specific threshold where both parents work a minimum number of hours.

Tax Free Childcare – subject to specific criteria the Government could assist with nursery funding where they make a contribution towards fees

You must apply for any funding (except universal) the term prior to when you want funding to start. You will be advised if you are eligible, and you will be provided with a unique reference number. Provide this code when you complete our Nursery Application Form, and ensure that you have provided your Parent/Guardian National Insurance details and dates of birth. Send the form to the school office along with your child’s birth certificate, so that we can validate your claim to Government funding with Swindon Borough Council (SBC).

Upon offering you a nursery place, you will be requested to complete an SBC form regarding funding, entitled ‘Parental Declaration Form for Early Education and Childcare Entitlements’ and ’Swindon Borough Council Early Years and Childcare Privacy Notice’. This permits us to claim the funding on your behalf.

NOTE: You do not have to use your full entitlement ie if you have eligibility to 15 hours but you only want your child to attend 2 of our sessions (a total of 6 hours), that is fine, though 2 sessions are the minimum you can claim. You can also split your funding across multiple childcare providers, however, you must inform all providers that you are sharing the funding as you can only claim your maximum entitlement eg 15 hours, per week in total. For example, if you were to use 6 hours at Liden Academy, you could use the remaining 9 hours of funding with another registered childcare provider, either a setting or childminder.


For families not in receipt of funding as mentioned above, or where there is a requirement for more Nursery hours than those being Government funded, there will be a charge of £5 per hour (£15 per session). Nursey Fees will be invoiced termly at the beginning of each term or as close to the first week of attendance as possible. Invoices will identify sessions where fees are due.  These will be calculated across the full term and then divided into equal amounts per month.  Families will be given the opportunity to pay these fees either in monthly instalments or in full. Payments are usually required mid-month, and will be confirmed within the invoice.

Late payment of invoices in excess of 5 working days will incur a £10 administration fee per week that payment is late. We will not accept late payments to accommodate receipt of earnings i.e. paydays, therefore please arrange for any salary deductions to be made in the previous month to which fees are due. We may consider exceptional circumstances by application in writing to the school office at least 2 weeks in advance of the payment date. Any agreement will be acknowledged in writing, in advance. Recurring, unauthorised late payments and/or excessive late payments may affect provision of your child’s Nursery place.

There are no reductions for any absences including authorised/unauthorised holidays, medical appointments, hospitalization.

Our preferred payment method is via BACs, the Government Childcare Grant Payment Scheme (CGPS).

Looking for a New Primary School or Nursery Place?

Located East of Swindon near the M4 corridor, Liden Academy have places for 2 to 11 year olds

We are set in beautiful grounds with lots of outdoor space for children to explore

NURSERY SCHOOL    New places for September 2024

Limited places still available for 3 & 4 year olds starting September 2024 (Apply by 30th June 2024)

                  APPLY NOW for JAN 2025 starters – applications close 18th October 2024

Application packs are available from the school office

OR online at    About Our Nursery – click here to be taken to relevant webpage

For Early Years Funding queries please visit

  OR Visit one of SBC’s Early Years and Childcare drop in sessionsfind out more information here

Every Day is an Open Day – call us on 01793 531025 to arrange a weekday visit

PRIMARY SCHOOL APPLICATIONS – visit   School places and admissions | Swindon Borough Council