Financial Assistance

Cardiff Steiner School is committed to being socially inclusive and accessible to families from a wide range of financial backgrounds, whilst remaining self-funded. Therefore we keep fees as low as possible in order to minimise the financial barrier to attending, and offer a Bursary Scheme where families on low incomes, or in financial difficulty, can apply for a reduction in their fees. Our fees also qualify for a range of government financial assistance.

Bursary Scheme

Bursary awards are influenced by availability of funds, the number of applications, and overall need. We can meet only a portion of a family’s need. In addition, we may not have the funds to offer assistance to every child who qualifies for assistance. There is no specific income level in order to apply for a Bursary, and all applications are considered on an individual basis, though the principles that we apply to Bursary decisions are detailed below:

Awards are made to children whose families qualify for assistance on the basis of financial need. In order to fairly determine a family’s financial need, we consider total income, expenses and outgoings, assets, number of dependents etc. based on a modest standard of living.

The primary responsibility for financing a child’s independent education rests with the family. Because the demand for fee assistance is high, families are advised to seek any additional resources prior to applying to the Bursary Scheme. Priority is given to families in most financial need who have exhausted all other avenues of funding. This includes exploring support from grandparents and other family members; applying for any eligible government or other financial assistance (tax credits, employer childcare vouchers etc.) and income where there is capacity to earn. Where families have opted out of employment to stay at home with children aged 5 and over, to home school, or for life-style choices, we would consider that they have capacity to earn, unless there are other specific circumstances that limit this.

You are required to complete a Bursary Application Form, available from the School Administrator. The School Administrator can also explain the process to you. Before you apply for a Bursary you will need to have completed the School’s Admissions Process and be in receipt of an offer of a place.

Government Assistance

As registered childcare providers our fees qualify for the following government assistance:

30 Hours Free Childcare

The Welsh Government is currently providing 30 hours a week of free early education and childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds living in the 7 local authorities who are piloting the scheme (in specific locations within Gwynedd, Anglesey, Flintshire, Swansea, Blaenau Gwent and Rhondda Cynon Taff). Funding is from the term following their 3rd birthday to September following their 4th birthday, for 48 weeks of the year. Eligible parents can currently access 15 hours a week at Cardiff Steiner School. Please contact us for more details. Welsh Government are planning to expand this to other areas from April 2018.

Other Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Outside of the 30 Hours Free Childcare Pilot, all three and four year-olds in Wales have the right to a free, part-time, early education place in an approved setting the term after their third birthday. Part-time means a minimum of 10 hours a week, for 38 weeks a year. However as different local authorities administer the scheme in different ways, the choice of settings varies widely.

In many local authorities (including Newport, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire) parents can select from a wide choice of settings including school nursery, private nursey/daycare, cylch meithrin, playgroup and (in some instances) quality assured childminder. In some cases this can include approved settings outside your county.

However parents in Cardiff (see below) and the Vale of Glamorgan are limited to their nearest school nursery. In Cardiff – Your 10 hours free childcare will normally be offered within local maintained nursery schools or classes. Where places are unavailable within these nursery settings within two miles of a child’s place of residence, parents may apply for a nursery education place with an alternative provider approved by the Cardiff Early Childhood Group. If there is space in an already approved non-maintained provider (voluntary/private) within a two mile radius of your home the Council will insist you use that, before considering approving a new non-maintained provider such as Cardiff Steiner School. Only in specific cases where social or medical needs can be demonstrated would alternative arrangements be made.