Financial Information


When it comes to our fees there are no hidden extras. We offer an ‘All Inclusive’ package, which means all the following are included:

  • Meals – breakfast, lunch and/or tea depending on sessions
  • Milk
  • Snacks
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Skin cream
  • Formula Milk
  • Suncream
  • Trips and Outings
  • As well as the amazing staff, resources and activities available each day!

You can request a copy of our fees by contacting your preferred location. Children must be booked to attend at least one full day or two half day sessions per week, and we offer discounts for siblings and full time bookings.

Whilst we are open 51 weeks of the year, we offer a small number of ‘Term Time Only’ places. These are offered at slightly different daily rate. Contact your local setting to get a copy of our Term Time for Teachers fee list and to check our availability.  

Term Dates for Teachers
*For children who receive government funding, please check the funding term dates further below 

September 2022 – July 2023
Term 1 – Thursday 1st September 2022 to Friday 21st October 2022
Term 2 – Monday 31st October 2022 to Friday 16th December 2022
Term 3 – Tuesday 3rd January 2023 to Friday 10th February 2023
Term 4 – Monday 20th February 2023 to Friday 31st March 2023
Term 5 – Monday 17th April 2023 to Friday 26th May 2023
Term 6 – Monday 5th June 2023 to Friday 21st July 2023

How to Pay

There are lots of ways to pay your Red Bus invoice. The Childcare Choices website is a great place to start, as it lists all the different ways you can get support paying for childcare – it even includes a calculator to work out how much you could save!

Direct Debit

If you tell us when you register that you’d like to pay by direct debit, we can get that set up for you in advance. All you need to do is complete a form with us and you will be set up for automatic payments on the 1st of each month.

Tax Free Childcare

This scheme is designed so that for every 80p you put into your Tax-Free Childcare account, the government will add 20p. It essentially gives you basic-rate tax back on your bill – hence the scheme's name! Using your government gateway account, you can be set up easily for payments to Red Bus – we just need to know your reference code for payments coming in!

Other Ways to Pay

We can also accept payments via bank transfer or card payment – we do not generally accept payment by cash, but please speak to your setting about this.

We accept childcare voucher payments from most suppliers, please let our finance team know if this is how you plan to pay.

Funded Hours

As Red Bus has settings in different local authorities, the information below is generic. Please contact your local setting for more specific information.

Once registered at Red Bus, our dedicated finance team will let you know when your child is due to receive funded hours and how they work with your child's sessions. You will also be sent the full version of our Red Bus Admissions Policy. 

15 Universal Hours for 2, 3 and 4 Year Olds

Your child is entitled to up to 15 hours funding the term after their 2nd* or 3rd birthday. The academic terms start in September, January and April. These hours are funded by the Local Authority and are known as the ‘Free Early Education Entitlement’ (FEEE)..

Each child is entitled to 15 hours per week term time only or up to 11.5 hours per week all year round.

*Two year olds may qualify for funding if their parents/carers meet certain criteria. There is an application process which must be approved by the Local Authority before funding can be given by Red Bus.

30 Extended Hours for 3 and 4 year olds

Extended funding is the additional funding that is allocated to eligible 3 and 4 year olds only. Unlike the Universal Hours, parents must apply for these hours to be used at Red Bus.

Where parents are eligible for extended funding, we offer 23 hours per week stretched over our year or 30 hours per week on a term time only basis where offered. 

For more information on how to apply for the extended funding please visit the Childcare Choices website.

Funded Children - Limited term time only spaces

Red Bus are closely aligned to local authority school term dates, however they may not be the same. There are only slight differences so please ensure you read the term dates carefully as your child is registered for attendance on these dates only.

September 2021 – July 2022
Term 1 – Thursday 2nd September 2021 – Friday 22nd October 2021
Term 2 – Monday 1st November 2021 – Friday 10th December 2021
Term 3 – Tuesday 4th January 2022 – Friday 18th February 2022
Term 4 – Monday 28th February 2022- Friday 8th April 2022
Term 5 – Monday 25th April 2022 – Friday 27th May 2022
Term 6 – Monday 6th June 2022 – Thursday 21st July 2022