it might be worth checking with the pre-school that their provision is not spread out over more than 38 weeks if it is then you will be getting the maximum grant anyway as the 15 hours a week only applies to the 38 weeks
some childminders charge by the hour, its worth calling around. most of us a charge a day rate but depending on your area and you may find someone willing to do the 5 hours and you just pay for that. I wouldn't worry too much about using all the 15 hours, you are getting most of it so 5 hours with a childminder shouldn't cost you much if that's your only childcare expense.
I thought that if a childminder had a quiet day on a Friday they may welcome having a child fill the gap (nurseries always seem quiet on a Friday). Sad that the government hours aren't seen as being worth it- makes a mockery of the whole system really.
My childminder takes them, but she wouldn't have a child for 1 session, once a week. Is there another preschool locally? My son goes to one that offers full days 9-3, so he goes 3 full days and I just pay for one session. Worth asking around as preschool do vary in what they offer.
Mnnn... sounds like this won't go well for me then.
Was literally just looking for mornings, on a Friday, just during term time. But, if the reality is that no-one is going to take the vouchers, then it won't be financially worth my while to do it- as my job is really ad-hoc consultancy that is more for keeping my CV up to date whilst being a SAHM, rather than making money!
Unlike nurseries and preschools, childminders don't (they can but it's not worth the effort for them) accept free hours - you have to pay.
Moreover, if they do afternoons after preschool (or holidays) they will need to make up for the fact they can't fill the morning so they either charge you a full day or a higher than average hourly rate to make up for the loss.
Be aware preschools usually close for holidays. A childminder can provide cover but as above is likely to charge you for a full time place for the whole year or a higher rate because they can't take on another child.
They do tend to accept salary sacrifice vouchers, which make tax savings.
Unfortunately not without paying through the nose... As they will only allow you to use a limited number of hours each day, and even then the saving isn't great as they're open all year! I'm going to do some exploring of the options!
you may be able to find a childminder in the area who is accredited to take the 'vouchers'. Soem are able to accept them and some are not. In theory you can split your funding between 2 different settings - could your son go to the daycare provider he is currently at for 1 day a week? You may end up paying a bit for this, depends how the setting calculates their fees.