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I need some help please has anyone else experienced this.
I have a 4 year old DS who attends a pre-school for 4 sessions all funded by the government. They have said they are going to add on a Tuesday afternoon session, for the children starting school in September, however, we can not claim this session as the 5th session.
I have checked and all children are allowed 15hours free and mine currently does 12. I was happy to pay the extra £3 per week for the lunch club but not sure how they can say I can add on a Friday morning for free but not a Tuesday afternoon due to admin issues
Tried to contact local authority which now has to be done by email with a 3 day call back!!
You might not realise it but the " sessions all funded by the government." are probably being subsidised by the pre-school. The funding that the pre-school gets per hour is ridiculously small and doesn't cover the actual cost of the sessions. Which is why lots of setttings are withdrawing from the scheme and more are limiting which sessions they offer as 'free'
THanks insancerre however our pre school do not subsidise anything, as I checked with them. In fact after speaking to the chair of the friends, it appears it is just they feel it would be too much work to offer the afternoon session as one that you can claim for. This was clarified by the lady who runs the pre school also.
As parents we pay an extra amount daily to cover the lunch club and would happily pay for the Tuesday if my son was already doing the 5 mornings. Oh well we have decided to leave the Tuesday afternoon and just continue with 4 mornings. I love spending time with him and as my last want to do it as much as possible before he starts school in September. Thanks again for the advice