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To expect pre-school to sort out childcare during holidays

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Springishere0 Tue 23-May-17 13:39:23

My toddler will be eligible for 30 free hours' childcare from September. We have two options for pre-school: one at the primary school near us and one at the private nursery he goes to now. It's great that they offer this, but the only problem is that both do not have any childcare cover during holidays. My husband and I both work and do not get enough holidays to cover 13 weeks; plus, it would be nice if all of us could be off at the same time!

Holiday clubs etc. do not cater for three-year olds and we do not have any family that could look after our child for a whole day. My sister lives abroad and says their pre-school offers paid childcare all year round. AIBU to think that it's ridiculous that pre-schools are not sorting out cover during school holidays? What are we supposed to do?! angry

GaelicSiog Tue 23-May-17 13:39:52


AllTheWittyNamesAreGone Tue 23-May-17 13:40:33

It's your job because your the parent.

PhilODox Tue 23-May-17 13:41:20

Hahahaha, are you serious?
It's 30 free hours then time, isn't it?

FlyingElbows Tue 23-May-17 13:41:52

Is it wrong that I guffawed out loud at this?! Welcome to the world of looking after your own child, op grin

NicolasFlamel Tue 23-May-17 13:41:58


BrutusMcDogface Tue 23-May-17 13:42:14

Private nurseries are open all year round, aren't they? You just have to pay for some of it, and the nursery will charge pro rata.

strawberrygate Tue 23-May-17 13:42:16

well stay at the private nursery and use the 30 hours there

megletthesecond Tue 23-May-17 13:42:26

You know when you read a thread title and think the actual thread can't be as nuts as it implies. And you're proved wrong.

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Tue 23-May-17 13:42:43

Do what other people do and get a childminder or use a private nursery who do cover school holidays,

The clue is in the name.....preSCHOOL

ItchyKondera Tue 23-May-17 13:42:49

As far as I know, no pre-school offers holiday cover as the idea is its the same hours / dates as school.
Private nurseries offer longer days and hours and may offer the 30 hours prorata'd over the whole year. (ours isn't offering it but my DD is only 1 so no matter right now). I mean a full blown nursery, not a pre-school at a nursery
You may get a childminder who has a term time person and so is free in the holidays?

I imagine most people who work full time, have a place at a full time nursery?

EatDessertFirst Tue 23-May-17 13:42:58

This can't be real?! Noone actually thinks like this, do they?!

Trampire Tue 23-May-17 13:43:06

Welcome to parenthood and working. I'm afraid you just have to suck it up.

Be thankful you get 13 weeks holiday a year. Me and dh are both self employed and get nothing. It means we're flexible but are hardly off together. It's been 4 years since we last had any holiday together as a family.

Get used to it. Mine are 12 and 10 now and their needs on my time only seem to increase.

Supersoaryflappypigeon Tue 23-May-17 13:43:07

It's term time childcare. You'll have to pay during the holidays like the rest of us.

TheWhiteRoseOfYork Tue 23-May-17 13:43:08

What do you do currently if his nursery does not do holidays? Both mine went to pre-schools which closed for the school holidays, although one of them did run a holiday club for the summer, but not the other holidays.

megletthesecond Tue 23-May-17 13:43:10

Private nurseries are generally open all year round. That's what I did.

ViolentDelights Tue 23-May-17 13:43:12

It's quite simple. You send your child to a nursery or childminder which is open all year and offers the free hours and then you pay for the difference.

Snap8TheCat Tue 23-May-17 13:43:23

Plenty of childcare available. Happy to send you my price list.

MagentaRocks Tue 23-May-17 13:43:32


statetrooperstacey Tue 23-May-17 13:43:34

I think it's fair enough the nursery attached to the school doesn't offer this. Surely tho the private nursery does? I mean what do you do now? You just have to pay extra don't you,

BrutusMcDogface Tue 23-May-17 13:43:38

Ps is 30 free hours a week not enough for you? Nurseries and preschools are really going to struggle to fund this.

5foot5 Tue 23-May-17 13:43:39

Well I presume you are currently paying for the childcare you get at the private nursery?

So when he is eligible for the 30 free hours will you not just continue to pay as you do now for the holiday cover?

I don't see the problem.

Gertrudeisgerman Tue 23-May-17 13:44:04

By this logic primary schools should cover holiday care. So therefore, you are being illogical. Sorry.

Ameliablue Tue 23-May-17 13:44:21

No it's not the preschool's responsibility.

MummaGiles Tue 23-May-17 13:44:27

It's 30 free hours in term time. If you need cover in the holidays, you'll have to pay for it. Likely from a private nursery (which may offer free term time hours) or a childminder. If you and your husband work now surely you pay for childcare already so your childcare costs will still be going down.

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