Fees and Funding
The cost of caring for a child involves not only childcare provision but associated costs such as food, clothing etc. Listed below are details of registered childcare provision costs and sources of childcare funding.
The University offers childcare for staff and students at its four nurseries, and also at several private nurseries. Please see Nursery Information for more details about the nurseries, fees, eligbility, allocations, and how to apply.
However for an overview of approximate nursery fees (per annum) please see table below.
|University Childcare Provision||Full time|
| University Place at University Nursery
(Bradmore Road, Mansion House, Jack Straws Lane and Woodstock Road)
| University Place at Kids Unlimited Private Nursery
(Milton Park, Harwell and Oxford Business Park)
| University Place at Turbo Teds Nursery
(Approximate figure given, please check with provider for exact costing)
| 2+ yrs
University Place at Oxford Montessori Schools
(Approximate figure given for nursery provision: please check with
provider if additional provision is required i.e all day care)
*Table updated 2013
Please read all the notes before applying for a nursery place. If you have further queries you can e-mail email@example.com or telephone Jackie Wilkins, Finance and Administrative Assistant on 01865 289835.
For further information on funding, please contact the Student Financial Support Team, Student Finance and Welfare, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is eligible
All full time UK students (subject to residency requirements) with dependent children in registered or approved childcare, who need extra financial assistance.
The Access to Learning Fund is a Government provided fund administered by the University to assist students who need extra financial assistance because they have higher than expected costs. Home students are advised to apply to the Access to Learning Fund for assistance with childcare provision costs. Application forms are available from your College Hardship Officer or contact email@example.com.
If you are a part time student you may qualify if your course:
- lasts at least one year
- takes no more than twice as long to complete as an equivalent fulltime course
- takes no more than four times as long to complete as an equivalent fulltime course if you are a new student starting from September 2012.
You must apply for any student loans, grants and bursaries you are entitled to before applying for the Access to Learning Fund. New part time students cannot get help with tuition fees from the Access to Learing Fund.
Who is eligible:
Full time UK undergraduate (and PGCE) students with dependent children in registered or approved childcare
Available through your regional funding body. The level of assistance you receive is based on your actual childcare costs, and is dependent on your income and that of your dependants. You should apply for the Childcare Grant when you apply to your regional funding body for financial support. You will be sent the appropriate forms, and asked to confirm that your childcare provider is officially registered or approved.
Your child must be under the age of 15, or under the age of 17 if they have special educational needs. You must have a student finance package, or be eligible for one. You must be a permanent resident in England and your childcare provider must be on the Ofsted Early Years Register or General Childcare Register. If your child is cared for at home the carer cannot be a relative and must be registered with an appropriate body.
You will need to keep receipts as evidence of the childcare costs you pay throughout the year, but the forms and guidance notes will explain this. You cannot receive this grant if you or your partner receive the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit (WTC) from the Inland Revenue.
Who is eligible:
Students from England, with dependant children, taking a fulltime undergraduate course or an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course. You do not need to be paying for childcare to qualify.
Available through your regional funding body in the same way as the Childcare Grant. The PLA is for full time undergraduates who receive the Childcare Grant, or whose dependants' income is below a set amount. You will receive the PLA in three instalments from the Student Loans Company, and you will not have to repay it.
Who is eligible:
You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you are responsible for if they are under 16 years of age or under 20 years of age and in approved education or training. You do not need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit and it will not affect your Child Benefit.
This is available through the Inland Revenue. You do not need to be working to receive CTC. The amount you receive depends upon your circumstances and income. If you receive the maximum CTC for which you're eligible and don't receive Working Tax Credit, you will be entitled to free school meals for your children.
You can check how much you could receive by going to the Inland Revenue's website and you can make a claim online. Payments are made into your bank account every week or every four weeks.
Who is eligible:
You could get Working Tax Credit (WTC) if: you are aged 16 or over; you work a certain number of hours a week; you get paid for the work you do (or expect to); your income is below a certain level. The basic amount of Working Tax Credit is up to £1,920 a year. You could get more or less depending on your circumstances.
You do not have to claim the childcare element of the WTC, full time students have a choice between receiving either the WTC childcare element or the Childcare Grant. Full time students cannot claim both.
WTC is paid to working people on a low income. To qualify for the childcare element of the WTC a lone parent must work at least sixteen hours per week, and for couples, both must work at least sixteen hours a week.
To find out more, go to the Inland Revenue website or call the tax credits helpline on 0845 300 3900.