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Later this year my son will be going to nursery with his "free" hours from the government. How the ****** does it work?

My wife is getting in a tangle with a nursery as she's been told she's not allowed to have 2 full days a week. She can have 1 full day and 2 half days and it'll cost £25 per week. I've no idea if this is good/bad/normal/indifferent. The cost isn't the problem but half days make it tricky for her to commit to her work for a full day.

What sort of arrangements are normal? :blink:

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Childminders!

They will pick up from nursery apparently.

There's a lot of them on our street. One husband and wife team both childmind. I always used to wonder how she had so many kids so close in age when I took m y son to primary school.

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I'm not sure I "get" what people are inferring. He's 3, its time to go to nursery for a bit, play withothers, learn with others, get used to school etc for a few days a week. We're not looking to farm him out to a minder full time so that my wife can slave away at work but if we can kill 2 birds with one stone - she can work occassionally when he's at nursery then we've got a good result.

Do other people get 2 days covered or have to split their days too?

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I'm not sure I "get" what people are inferring. He's 3, its time to go to nursery for a bit, play withothers, learn with others, get used to school etc for a few days a week. We're not looking to farm him out to a minder full time so that my wife can slave away at work but if we can kill 2 birds with one stone - she can work occassionally when he's at nursery then we've got a good result.

Do other people get 2 days covered or have to split their days too?

If he's not been to playgroup at all then at 3 he is going to have trouble mixing with other kids and sharing toys.

I assume that's now what you're implying though.

It might be down to each nursery to set how they want it. Ask local parents about it.

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Later this year my son will be going to nursery with his "free" hours from the government. How the ****** does it work?

My wife is getting in a tangle with a nursery as she's been told she's not allowed to have 2 full days a week. She can have 1 full day and 2 half days and it'll cost £25 per week. I've no idea if this is good/bad/normal/indifferent. The cost isn't the problem but half days make it tricky for her to commit to her work for a full day.

What sort of arrangements are normal? :blink:

The 'Free' hours allow for 15 hours, in 6x2.5 hour sessions. To get all of the sessions, they have to be spread over 3 days.

In our case it just reduces the cost of Nursery care overall, so our smallest can do 3 days a week; I use salary sacrifice childcare vouchers, so that total cost ends up at about £40 per week, but we get 3 full days out of that.

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Your child is entitled to free hours the term after he turns 3. Are you getting 15hrs free, what is the £25 charge for? The nursery in question can only allocate what space is available and stick to the session times they run, it sounds like they do not have a place available that suits you but the idea is that it is early education/socialisation rather than child-care. My son goes twice a week 12:30 - 3:30 (paid for as he is 2) and all the places are full, why not ask at other pre-schools to find out what sessions they have available?

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Scotland may be different but.........................

Up to the age of 3 my daughter went to nursery full day Thursday and half day Friday.

At the age of 3 she became entitled to 5 x 3hr sessions free

She now goes Monday for 3hrs and all day Thursday and Friday. Monday is one of the free sessions, we pay normal price for the Thursday and Friday and get a cheque 3 times a year covering the other 4 sessions Thu am, Thu pm, Fri am and Fri pm.

works out we get back about 1k between the 3 cheques.

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If he's not been to playgroup at all then at 3 he is going to have trouble mixing with other kids and sharing toys.

I assume that's now what you're implying though.

It might be down to each nursery to set how they want it. Ask local parents about it.

Better late than never. Despite my better judgement we don't keep him locked in his room so I hope he'll be ok

The 'Free' hours allow for 15 hours, in 6x2.5 hour sessions. To get all of the sessions, they have to be spread over 3 days.

In our case it just reduces the cost of Nursery care overall, so our smallest can do 3 days a week; I use salary sacrifice childcare vouchers, so that total cost ends up at about £40 per week, but we get 3 full days out of that.

Thanks, sounds similar to what she's been told, so she can calm down a bit.

Your child is entitled to free hours the term after he turns 3. Are you getting 15hrs free, what is the £25 charge for? The nursery in question can only allocate what space is available and stick to the session times they run, it sounds like they do not have a place available that suits you but the idea is that it is early education/socialisation rather than child-care. My son goes twice a week 12:30 - 3:30 (paid for as he is 2) and all the places are full, why not ask at other pre-schools to find out what sessions they have available?

Likewise. I don't think the restriction is by the nursery regarding available places and £25 is a cost in addition to the 15 "free" hours. Its probably a lot but this isn't a cheap area.

Scotland may be different but.........................

Up to the age of 3 my daughter went to nursery full day Thursday and half day Friday.

At the age of 3 she became entitled to 5 x 3hr sessions free

She now goes Monday for 3hrs and all day Thursday and Friday. Monday is one of the free sessions, we pay normal price for the Thursday and Friday and get a cheque 3 times a year covering the other 4 sessions Thu am, Thu pm, Fri am and Fri pm.

works out we get back about 1k between the 3 cheques.

You've confused me again

mine qualifies for this next year. Nursery tell me that they deal with it and refund us. He does 3 days a week anyway, so we don't need to do any admin.

We were forced into nursery for a bit when he was younger and a vanilla nursery place I can understand but this free nursery places shit is all new to me

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We were forced into nursery for a bit when he was younger and a vanilla nursery place I can understand but this free nursery places shit is all new to me

At one point we had 2 kids in nursery, one for 3 days a week and one for 2, 2 lots of salary sacrifice vouchers and one lot of nursery vouchers. Plus the Nursery used weekly-based billing, so the bill could be for 4 or 5 weeks, minus holidays. I'm sure there's a simpler way..

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In France, which is a sensible country, kids go to " School" from the age of 2 or 3.

And it is free.

See here:

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