Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon can I apply for a place?
As a result of the priority rating system, the waiting list operates on an ongoing basis, and not a ‘first come first served’ basis. Application forms should be submitted no more than 9 months in advance of a place being required.
Are there any places available immediately?
Due to high demand this is very unlikely and you will be put on a waiting list.
What are my chances of getting a place?
The University Nursery is intended for matriculated students and staff members of the University with a current contract of employment. We aim to place as many children as possible and to maintain the Nursery at full capacity.
In view of this we recommend that other childcare providers are contacted. While you may find yourself on the waiting list for longer than you had expected, it does not mean we have forgotton about you.
For further information please contact Gillian Stevenson
The University operates a priority rating for all applications to facilitate placements. All applications are reviewed by the Nursery Committee (which is made up of 5 members: a Senate representative (Chair), a representative from Human Resources, an early years researcher, a union nominee, and the sitting SRC Vice President, Student Support).
The Committee has agreed that priority should be given to applicants whose circumstances make it extremely difficult for them to return to or take up work or study at the University without a nursery place for their child. Specific criteria used in the priority rating system include:
- single parenthood
- both parents being staff and / or students at the University
- having a sibling already in place at the Nursery
- lack of a support network and
- applicants returning to work or study after a period of leave e.g. paternity, maternity, adoptive leave etc.
However, any other family information may also be taken into account by the Committee.
It is therefore essential when completing Part D of the application form that parents give the Committee as much information as possible.
As a result of the priority system, the waiting list operates on an ongoing basis, and not on a fixed 'first come first served' basis.
How much are the fees?
With effect from 1st September 2019 fees are as follows:
- £790 per month full-time (based on 5 days per week)
- £395 per month part-time (based on 2.5 days per week)
- £34.60 per day session
Can I apply for financial help?
Subsidies can be applied for by students and staff members of the University, but cannot be guaranteed. Relative to your total family income, the University may help with a proportion of the fee.
If you have been offered a Nursery place and would like to apply for a subsidy, please contact Gillian Stevenson for further information:
If I have two or more children are my fees reduced?
Yes. There is a 10% reduction in fees for a second child. Subsidies can also be applied for, although if granted will be on the basis of one subsidy per family, irrespective of number of children attending the University Nursery.
What is regarded as full-time/part-time?
The Nursery is open from 8am to 6pm, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year.
- Full-time: 10 sessions a week (5 mornings and 5 afternoons)
- Part-time: 5 sessions a week (5 mornings or 5 afternoons or 2.5 days, for example)
How easy is it to get a part-time place?
These come up less frequently than full-time places, since they need to be matched up with other applications for part-time places, but we will do our best to accommodate, subject to the waiting list.
What happens if I have a child in place at the Nursery and I graduate / leave?
The University Nursery is intended for matriculated students and staff members of the University with a current contract of employment. When parents (as students or employees) leave, the Nursery will expect six weeks’ notice.