Hi, I am new here and hope someone has got more experience and information than myself on the attendance for a 3 years old at Nursery. My child who is 3 yrs and 6 months started nursery last September. He had a difficult time settling in the Nursery and because I had to start working we enrolled him in a Wraparound, so he goes sometimes fro 7.30am to 6.00pm. It was difficult for him to adjust to the Nursery and the first two months he was getting ill every second week with a fever lasting for a week. I have received a letter today from the Head Teacher saying that his attendance is 73.9% and that e are not allowed to ask and take him off nursery any more Should he get ill, I have to go to the GP and either get a prescription as proof or pay the GP for a letter to be issued. If he doesn't feel very unwell I should take him to Nursery. Well, I did take him once because he just had a runny eyes and nose, not even a fever but they called us 20 minutes after that to come back from work and take him home. Can they do that, asking me to go to GP every time he feels unwell due to a cold? My sister is getting married and her wedding day is May when the children are in school, so does all this means I can't ask for a permission to go to my sister's wedding which is abroad? Can please someone advise me on how to proceed with the letter I received? Thank you
Does he receive his 15 hours of funded sessions? If so, then yes, they can ask for proof of illness. The local authority expects regular and sustained attendance for the funded hours. If a child is claiming the hours, and is not attending, the nursery can be charged with fraud, or the parent can be asked to re-pay the funding.
Fir this reason, nurseries, pre-schools and childminders need to be able to prove that a child is ill if they are not at the setting (and their attendance is very low).
If he's only got a cold, then I would send him in. Obviously you wouldn't send him n with a fever, but a bit of a cold is no problem.