School funding

We are funded by Hertfordshire County Council, using a national formula based largely on pupil numbers. You may know that nursery funding is currently not guaranteed beyond 2020 and that there has been no increase in funding rates for some time already. Batford Nursery School is fortunate to have the support of the Day Care, which helps us to remain financially sustainable and to continue to deliver the excellent provision of which we are so proud. However, we are not complacent and need to monitor our budget closely and it is likely that we will increasingly look to fundraising to help to continue to offer an enriched curriculum.

Voluntary contributions

Staff costs in nurseries are high and this sometimes means there is less money available for day to day resources, such as craft consumables. We therefore ask all parents if they are able to make a voluntary contribution of £1 per week (payable at the start of each term), which we use to cover cooking ingredients, compost, seeds and bulbs for growing, etc. as well as paying for the ‘Living Eggs’ programme, whereby we hatch chickens in the nursery and watch them grow for a week; and the butterfly hatching kit. It also pays for the annual visit from the owls.

We also ask for voluntary contributions based on cost for the visit from Ark Farm and for the entertainment for the Christmas party.

Fundraising

Throughout the year, we run a number of fundraising events which all contribute vital funds to the school. We have an annual ‘Sponsored Circuit’ as well as bottle tombolas and cake sales. Your participation in these events is much appreciated.

The school photographer visits regularly. Purchase of individual or group photos of your child is of course entirely voluntary but the school benefits from commission in respect of all sales.

EasyfundraisintFor parents who shop via the Internet, we ask you to sign up to Easyfundraising: every time you shop online via easyfundraising at one of the 3,300 retailers in the scheme, including John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Booking.com, a donation will be made to Batford Nursery School, and it won’t cost you any extra. This really is a case of looking after the pennies to look after the pounds, as every little contribution adds up.

It’s really simple to get started: Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/batfordnursery/

Gifts

We know that parents very often register their thanks for the work of staff in the form of a small personal gift, e.g. at Christmas or as children leave the school. The school’s Gifts and Hospitality Policy permits these, provided the gift is valued at no more than £30. However, gifts of money or goods above this amount should be made to the school, rather than to an individual, and are very gratefully received.

Charitable fundraising

In addition to our own fundraising, we also get involved with Sport Relief and Red Nose Day and encourage the children to take part in events to raise money for these worthy causes.