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Allowance for playgroup/nursery - what, when, how????

(7 Posts)
Twinkie1 Wed 25-Jul-07 13:25:44

Right have been told that will get allowance from council at some point to pay for DS going to playschool or nursery.

DS goes to nursery 3 days a week and a friend mentioned that I should be able to get an allowance when DS reaches a certain age to pay for some of this.

At what age?
How do I apply?
Will they give me the 5 sessions money for me to spend on the 3 days DS is at nursery - I don't want to send him anywhere on the other 2 days as I have him all to myself to do fun things!

Many thanks for your advice.


SlightlyMadSpider Wed 25-Jul-07 13:27:57

I think it starts from teh term before he is 4

It will over a maximum of 5 2 1/2 hour sessions per week (so 3 full days should be fine). You will have to pay any extra fees.

Google for your LEA website and look at preschool funding.

SlightlyMadSpider Wed 25-Jul-07 13:28:47

And the money usually goes straight to nursery (which must be ofSted regisered). They should tell you when it is time to apply.

Magicmayhem Wed 25-Jul-07 13:29:02

Your DS will get free nursery/pre-school sessions the term after he turns 3 ie, if he is 3 in november he will get it in January. The setting will give you the forms to fill in. It will be 5 - 2 1/2 hour sessions.

JARM Wed 25-Jul-07 13:29:21

Government funding sessions start the term after their 3rd birthday.

They get 5 x 2.5hr sessions per week

The nursery he is at will give paperwork when he is elgiable.

SlightlyMadSpider Wed 25-Jul-07 13:30:58

leicestershire example.

Actually calues may vary from county to county but I think the ages and hours are nationally applicable.

I have also heard it is due to increase from 5 sessions per week soonish.

Twinkie1 Wed 25-Jul-07 13:39:55

Hoorah will make going to work slightly less of a financially futile nightmare!!

Thanks chaps.

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