How much does it cost?

Little Skaters Nursery and Pre-school Fee Structure

We provide childcare for children aged from 3 months of age until the time that children reach school age. Set out below are the ‘session’ timings and costs of the meals and childcare that we offer at Little Skaters nursery & pre-school. The sessions show the timings for parents using your 15 hour ‘free’ (government funded) hours for eligible 2, 3 & 4 year olds, as well as the session timings which can be booked in addition to those ‘free’ hours and/or for parents who aren’t eligible for ‘free’ sessions.

Information for parents not eligible for ‘free’ hours.

Sessions are available Monday to Friday from 07.30am through to 6pm at £5.25 per hour.  All meals, drinks and nappies etc are included in this session price. Some other local nurseries advertise a ‘lower’ hourly rate, but most often the advertised rate doesn’t include the ‘extra bits’. With us, the price of your child’s care includes, where relevant, nappies, hot meals, snacks, fruit, baby milk and drinks. We are proud to provide varied and healthy meals and can accommodate a wide range of dietary requirements.

If your agreed session is less than the four hour standard session we will have to also include the cost of a meal. We please ask for a one-off £100 refundable deposit when you reserve a place for your child. This deposit will be held by us until your child leaves the nursery and your final invoice has been settled.


Fee paying session times fees
7.30am - 8am £5.25
9am - 1pm £21.00
1pm – 5pm £21.00
8am – 6pm £52.50

 Information for parents using ‘free’ hours.

Parents are able to access completely free childcare for funded 2, 3 and 4 year old children. We offer a flexible ‘stretched offer’ without set ‘free’ sessions for working families (some terms and conditions apply)….so please ask for further details as we will attempt to tailor our offer to your needs.

Parents using purely ‘free’ (Government funded) sessions are offered availability between 9am - 12 noon and 1pm – 4pm on Monday to Fridays. Parents can use a ‘free’ hours between 12 noon – 1pm and 4pm-5pm but have to pay £4.00 for their child’s meal.

We ask that parents, please, choose their sessions for the term in advance and then stick with those sessions for that term. The choice of sessions can be changed for the next term. These ‘free’ sessions are offered for 38 weeks of the year. If your child is eligible for funded childcare from the Government using the Early Years Entitlement, then you won't have to pay for those 570 hours (or 1140 hours if families are eligible for the 30hrs) childcare, we'll claim those costs from East Sussex County Council. Funded free hours cover the cost of the care & education for your child, it doesn't cover the cost of items such as food and nappies etc. You will be provided with a list of items that you need to supply for your child during their time with us. To save you the hassle of having to remember, if you prefer, these additional items can be purchased from us.


Government Funded session times fees
7.30am - 8am £5.25
8am – 9am £5.25
9am – Midday Free
9am – 1pm £4.00 meal fee only
9am – 4pm £4.00 meal fee only
9am – 5pm £4.00 meal fee x 2 only
1pm – 4pm Free
5pm - 6pm £5.25

Data Protection

Privacy Notice (How we use your and your children’s information)

In May 2018 there was a change to the way that Data Protection and ‘information/data’ is monitored and regulated in the UK. These changes introduced the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and brings in new rules about the way in which information is protected. As such, it’s useful for us to outline to you the ways in which we protect your ‘information’. More detailed information about Data Protection and GDPR can be found via

Total Childcare Services (TCS) Ltd processes personal information about the children we care for and educate and is a ‘data controller’ for the purposes of Data Protection legislation. We collect information from you and may receive information about your child from other places, including their previous childcare setting if they attended one.

Recital 38 of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) states “Children require specific protection with regard to their personal data as they may be less aware of the risks, consequences and safeguards concerned and their rights in relation to the processing of personal data. Such specific protection should, in particular apply to the use of personal data of children for the purposes of marketing or creating personality or user profiles and the collection of personal data with regard to children when using services offered directly to a child. The consent of the holder of parental responsibility should not be necessary in the context of preventive or counselling services offered directly to a child.”

Recital 38 makes it even more important for us to use the information we hold about you and your child in the most appropriate way.

What information do we hold?

When you register your child with Total Childcare Services (TCS) Ltd we will need to ask for certain information from you. The information we ask for includes:

  • Personal information (such as name and address)
  • Characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, nationality and country of birth)
  • Attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons)
  • Home/Family circumstances
  • Progress Assessment information
  • Relevant medical information
  • Special educational needs information

 Why we collect and use this information

We use the children’s information:

  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child
  • Support children’s learning
  • Monitor and report on children’s progress
  • Assess the quality of our services
  • Comply with the law regarding data sharing
  • Process payment and business administration

 The lawful basis on which we use this information

The lawful basis for processing the information we hold about you and your child are set out in Article 6 of the GDPR.

(a) Consent: You have given us clear consent for us to process your personal data for a specific purpose. For example, this could include us sending you a newsletter or questionnaire.

(b) Contract: The processing is necessary for a contract we have with you, or because we have asked you to take specific steps before entering into a contract.

(c) Legal obligation: The processing is necessary for us to comply with the law (not including contractual obligations). For example, if there is a ‘safeguarding concern’ about your child and we need to inform the police or Children’s Services.

(d) Vital interests: The processing is necessary to protect someone’s life.

(e) Public task: The processing is necessary for us to perform a task in the public interest or for our official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law. For example, we need to share information with East Sussex County Council who then share that information with the Department for Education. The National Pupil Database is owned and managed by the Department for Education and contains information about pupils in schools in England. We are required by law, to provide information about our children to the DfE as part of statutory data collections such as the school census and early years’ census. Some of this information is then stored in the NPD. The law that allows this is the Education (Information about Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013. To find out more about the NPD, go to

(f) Legitimate interests: The processing is necessary for our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party unless there is a good reason to protect the individual’s personal data which overrides those legitimate interests.

Article 9 of the GDPR specifies certain information as Special Category information, which includes peoples

  • race;
  • ethnic origin;
  • religion;
  • health;

We have to tell you specifically why we process this Special Category data. We process it so we can:

Carry out our legitimate activities. For example, we have to provide East Sussex County Council with information about the ethnic origin and race of the children we care for.

Treat your child with emergency first aid and/or preventative medicine to ensure your child’s safety and wellbeing.

Collecting children’s information

Whilst the majority of child level information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it is provided to us on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, we will inform you whether you are required to provide certain child level information to us or if you have a choice in this.

Storing and retaining data

There are certain types of information/data that we store, and these include ‘registration information’, contract and invoicing information, contact/email addresses, phone numbers, photos, ‘Special Category’ information and safeguarding information. Set out below are the general time limits that we will retain information/data for.

  • Registration Information: This information will be the information provided to us when your child is registered with us. We will delete this information once your child leaves us.
  • Contract/Invoicing information: This information will be deleted once all the outstanding invoices have been settled and/or until any contractual dispute is settled.
  • Contact email addresses/phone numbers: These will be deleted by us once your child leaves the us, unless you consent to us retaining the information for marketing purposes.
  • Photos: Photos will be deleted by us unless you have consented for their continued us by us for marketing/promotional use (ie: websites etc).
  • Special Category: This is stored within the registration process so will be deleted once your child leaves us.
  • Safeguarding Information: Safeguarding information will be retained by us indefinitely but reviewed on a 10 yearly basis. Recent events have shown that there have been numerous investigations into ‘historical abuse’ allegations, so we need to keep safeguarding information to ensure such records are available. The safety and wellbeing of children is our primary aim. Where safeguarding concerns have been documented we will retain other necessary information that supports the safeguarding data.

Who we share children’s information with

We routinely share children’s information with:

  • Settings/schools that the children attend after leaving us
  • our local authority
  • the Department for Education (DfE)
  • Health Services
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Other childcare settings where your child attends.

Requesting access to your personal data

Under data protection legislation, parents and children have the right to request access to information about them that we hold. To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child’s educational record, contact the Total Childcare Services Data Protection Officer, Managing Director, Nick Porter.

You also have the right to:

  • object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress
  • prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means
  • in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
  • claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations

If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we request that you raise your concern with us in the first instance. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at

Data Protection Officer

Nick Porter, Managing Director, Total Childcare Services (TCS) Ltd.