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Playgroup fees - is this expensive?

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QueenEagle Mon 27-Jun-05 16:16:46

This afternoon, ds had a visit to the playgroup which he will be starting in October.

I was shocked at the cost - £4.75 per 2.5hr session.

Just out of interest, what do other mumsnetters pay?

Aero Mon 27-Jun-05 16:20:38

My ds2 has had a letter ofering him a place in Sept 2006 and the fee is currently £5 per session so eaven knows how much it will be when he starts! Seems outrageous! When ds1 (now 7) was there it was only £3.50 per session!

bootsmonkey Mon 27-Jun-05 16:21:53

£6.00 per session where I am!

It is a lovely, lovely playgroup though and DD loves going, so definately worth it!

geranium Mon 27-Jun-05 16:22:33

£9 per 2.5 hr session (starting late Autumn). I thought this was cheap!

compo Mon 27-Jun-05 16:22:41

My ds isn't at this stage yet but I thought that once they are three they get five free sessions a week

pabla Mon 27-Jun-05 16:22:49

How old will your ds be when he starts? In my ds's playgroup/nursery the sessions are govt subsidised when they get to three. As the sessions are 3 hours, we pay a top-up of I think £2 per session. Before ds was 3, I think it cost £8 per session, which is the norm around here (I'm in the SE). It's still cheaper than paying a babysitter!

lailag Mon 27-Jun-05 16:23:12

£4.50, well worth

flashingnose Mon 27-Jun-05 16:23:20

Going rate round here for under 3's is between £9 and £12 for a 2.5 hour session

geranium Mon 27-Jun-05 16:23:21

but am i comparing like with like? playgroup is where children learn without parents there?

coppertop Mon 27-Jun-05 16:24:27

In this area the fees are £2-£2.50 per session. It's fairly cheap because it's classed as a deprived area.

zubb Mon 27-Jun-05 16:26:01

£6 a session (3 hours) here - but as compo says in the term after their 3rd birthday they get 5 sessions a week free for 11 weeks a term (I think).

coppertop Mon 27-Jun-05 16:27:42

Should've added that the £2-£2.50 is for under-3s. As soon as they are eligible for the vouchers/grant then it's free.

QueenEagle Mon 27-Jun-05 16:28:03

Once ds is 3 he will qualify for free sessions. However, I am told that free sessions are from the term following their 3rd birthday. His birthday is 3 January so he will not qualify until after the Easter. He misses the cut off point by 3 days!

flashingnose Mon 27-Jun-05 16:31:21

Those prices are for a playgroup or nursery from 2.5 to 5 years old i.e. with no parent present. Cost drops to between nothing and £4 per session once they're 3.

cupcakes Mon 27-Jun-05 16:41:24

I will be paying £4.50 for dd's playgroup in September - a 2½ hour session. She'll only be going twice a week till Easter when she gets her free place then she can go for her third session!

rickman Mon 27-Jun-05 16:43:30

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Fio2 Mon 27-Jun-05 16:48:06

11 pound for 5 hours, includes lunch

we have no playschools AT ALL <<>>

nailpolish Mon 27-Jun-05 16:49:33

QE, my dd1 starts playgp in august and its £5 for 2.5 hrs, but only til she is 3 (oct) then its free

Aero Mon 27-Jun-05 16:50:52

Same as my ds2 QE - he will miss the cut off by 2 weeks - most irritating! But it will be free when he is 3.
I think some of the quotes must be for private nursery 2.5 hour sessions and some for council run playgroups. Both have similar activities for the children though - and both are play/learning experiences without parents present.

charliecat Mon 27-Jun-05 16:53:45

10 pounds for 3.5 hours.

QueenEagle Mon 27-Jun-05 16:53:50

But surely this is an unfair system? Why is it not free from their 3rd birthday, fullstop? It's discriminatory on grounds of age, I've just decided.

happycat Mon 27-Jun-05 16:57:15

£7.50 for 3 hours

missycantstop Mon 27-Jun-05 17:05:16

6 pound for 2 hours 15 minutes

vickiyumyum Mon 27-Jun-05 17:10:20

i pay 7.50 for a s.5 hour session, one of the main reasons that he will be going to the nursery that is attached to the school he will be going to.

jessicasmummy Mon 27-Jun-05 17:11:10

the one closest to me is £6 for 2.5 hours.... no jess wont be going!

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