URGENT QUESTION about nursery hours

(30 Posts)
Isabella26xx Sun 19-Aug-18 18:55:09


Iv left it really late for enquiring about nurseries as wasn't 100% sure what hours I am doing come September

Before I start looking, can I just ask does anyone know if you can just have one day in nursery? So like that would be 4 days a month
Or even half days??
I'm sure 8 years ago when my 10 year old was 2, they said we had to a do a minimum of so many hours (maybe for them to make profit)

This time round it's my 9 month old. I'm very lucky that my in laws and parents will be taking her for three day, it's just the extra day I'm doing (im working four days a week as a High school ta) so would only need the one day sorted
I was thinking of childminder but the nearest ones are all booked up sad seems like nurseries are nearer to my workplace so I could even check on her on my lunch break

Please let me know if this makes sense? Thanks so much

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WooYa Sun 19-Aug-18 18:57:22

Some nursery do let you do odd days, mine does. It doesn't do ha.f days for under 2s tho because it's just not feasible for them. You should go and visit a few and ask.

MagicFajita Sun 19-Aug-18 18:59:04

Most nurseries I've found only take full time kids , few take part time and those that do want you to take at least four sessions. One I found has term time places but that worked out as more expensive than paying pcm.

I'm not saying that you won't find what you want but it may be hard to find ime.

welshweasel Sun 19-Aug-18 19:01:08

Some do but many won’t as it’s not really fair on the child - most will take forever to settle in if only going one day a week.

2morrowiscancelled Sun 19-Aug-18 19:06:18

Some nurseries will, some won't. They are only allowed a certain number of children in their building, dependant on age as directed in the EYFS statutory framework. If it's a busy nursery they will have to chose between accepting a child for one day or accepting a child who wants the whole week. If they were at maximum capacity and could only give the space to one of them they would go for the child who wanted the whole week.

PalePinkSwan Sun 19-Aug-18 19:08:03

Nurseries make their own rules about minimum sessions so you’ll have to check with your local ones.

In my area most insist on two days a week, but a couple would allow one day or two afternoons.

Isabella26xx Sun 19-Aug-18 19:08:06

Omg thank you everyone for the replies! I thought it wouldn't be that easy as I guess a lot of people would be doing that, and I'm guessing it won't be too much

How much does everyone pay regarding nursey fees? How often do they go?

Tomorrow, I'll start enquiring but thanks so much for the heads up

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MagicFajita Sun 19-Aug-18 19:11:40

£1200 pm full time , the nursery is open 7-6 and I'm in London. That's cheap for around here believe it or not.

PotteringAlong Sun 19-Aug-18 19:13:30

Mine lets you do that, but I think your chance of finding a nursery place for a 9 month old for 2 weeks time is unlikely.

I pay £44 a day for my under 2.

Stroller15 Sun 19-Aug-18 19:16:29

Ours have a 4 session minimum - so 2 full days. DC1 is in 2 full days, £54 a day in Scotland. He does love it!

WooYa Sun 19-Aug-18 19:38:32

Mine is £195 p/w for my under 2 in the north

WooYa Sun 19-Aug-18 19:38:42

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Isabella26xx Sun 19-Aug-18 19:57:32

@WooYa how often does your lo attend?

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Isabella26xx Sun 19-Aug-18 19:58:32

Aww that's nice how old are they?

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confusedmomm Sun 19-Aug-18 20:01:32

Around us it's £1850 pcm full time they do one day a week only sessions at £76 a day (London)

Motherhood101Fail Sun 19-Aug-18 20:04:45

Mine started off doing one day but as a PP says they are not keen, especially when still quite young, as they don't get settled into a routine. He did 1 day September to Jan when 8 months old and now he does two. It's easier with 2 days tbh. He loves going now.

wandathealien Sun 19-Aug-18 20:05:21

When my ds started Nursery at 2 he did one day a week 8 hours
the minimum was 1 full day or minimum of 2 half days. Then he moved up to 3 full days the term after he turned 3 with the 30 hours free. We had to start him about 6 months prior to guarantee him a place with the funding.

SaturdaySauv Sun 19-Aug-18 20:07:55

We pay around £66 a day. Our nursery doesn’t do just one day a week- minimum of two days.

TheExhausted Sun 19-Aug-18 20:12:38

My DS does one full day a week. The other nursery in my town has a minimum of two sessions a week, but this could be two half days. My DS' nursery has no minimum as my DN used to do half a day a week but didn't settle wel. So he now does one full day a week and seems much happier.

TheExhausted Sun 19-Aug-18 20:13:57

We pay £48 a day including all meals and snacks.

welshweasel Sun 19-Aug-18 20:15:16

£40 a day here (8-6) - includes all meals but if you want extended hours (7-7) then you have to pay extra.

WooYa Sun 19-Aug-18 20:26:11

Monday - Friday 8-5.30

AJPTaylor Sun 19-Aug-18 22:38:14

Many wont do 1 day a week due to difficulty settling at that age.

HSMMaCM Sun 19-Aug-18 22:44:42

I do minimum 2 days. Nothing to do with money and everything to do with the child settling faster and having a sense of belonging. You just need to ask each setting what their policy is.

AJPTaylor Mon 20-Aug-18 06:06:51

You might have better luck if you are looking for a Friday.

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