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Free Nursery Hours (in Scotland) - can anyone advise..?

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LucyPanda Wed 20-Jul-16 22:31:56

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Haudyerwheesht Wed 20-Jul-16 22:33:42

In our area nursery isn't done by catchment (but school is).

LucyPanda Wed 20-Jul-16 22:37:00

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redastra Wed 20-Jul-16 22:52:14

Hi Lucypanda,

THe Local authority/council run nurseries are allocated by geographical catchment area; but it works slightly different for private nurseries. If your LO is in a private nursery which is in partnership with the council, then the nursery will claim for the free hours from the term after the child's 3rd birthday, and they then receive funding from the council for the 15 hours for the duration of the school year, they will then usually adjust your payments to suit as if you use the nursery all year you still need to pay for the weeks not included in the school academic year. They usually calculate your yearly payment and then divide into monthly instalments to make it easier to pay.

Hope that helps!!

AgentProvocateur Wed 20-Jul-16 22:56:30

Each council has partnership nurseries, so I think you may well need to move when the free hours kick in. Unless the nursery has an agreement with more than one LA. You could ask at the nursery.

FantasticMax Wed 20-Jul-16 23:01:27

Our private nursery was in a different local authority to where we lived. We split our 15 hours between three sessions at the private nursery and two sessions at the school nursery (in the same local authority to where we live). So it can be done - the nursery should be able to advise.

LucyPanda Wed 20-Jul-16 23:07:37

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