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  • Accepting childcare vouchers for trips and extended services Can childcare vouchers be used to pay for trips? We relay information from HMRC and voucher providers on whether schools can accept vouchers for trips or extended services. You will also find examples of information for parents from schools on using childcare vouchers.
  • Charging for educational visits Can we charge pupils for school trips? This article points to DfE guidance on charging for school activities, including educational visits. You will also find a KeyDoc template for calculating the cost of school trips, and examples of how schools ask for contributions towards the cost of visits.
  • Charging for residential school trips Understand what you can and can't charge for with respect to residential trips, and read guidance on when parents may be exempt from paying for elements that are normally chargeable.
  • Charging for school activities Find out what activities and equipment you can and can't charge parents for and how to request payment.
  • Recovering debt from parents: what to do Use our step-by-step guide to find out how to proceed if a parent hasn't paid fees for things like school meals or trips. Plus, download our template letters that you can send to remind and issue warnings to parents.
  • Requesting voluntary contributions for activities Can we request voluntary contributions for school activities? We look at what the Education Act 1996 says about requesting voluntary contributions. We also relay guidance on charging from the Department for Education, and look at ways that schools have requested contributions.