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Should mums on benefit have to pay for nursery hours

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pinkfluffs Fri 01-Feb-19 12:24:22

Hi I have a 3 year old she is supposedly be getting her free 15 hours a week at nursery tower she's only getting 12.1 hours a week that's 2 and 30 mins at nursery everyday ! I feel as if she don't get enough play time shall I pay the extra 70 a month for her to have more hours shall I pay the 70 £ or let her have the free 12 hours a week ? I don't really have the £70 to spare sadblushWhat would you do ?

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TeenTimesTwo Fri 01-Feb-19 12:29:32

I don't think a child needs to go to nursery, if other things are being done at home too.
Are you in a position to have friends round for an hour or so, or meet up in a park (when weather nicer), or go to a free 'stories and songs' time at the library, or whatever?

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Fri 01-Feb-19 16:43:55

Choose a different setting (nursery or childminder) who can offer you the full 15 hours funding.

donajimena Fri 01-Feb-19 16:46:01

My sons nursery only ran for 2.5 hours. Its plenty of time.

MyDcAreMarvel Fri 01-Feb-19 16:48:05

2.5 hours a day is plenty at two.

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Fri 01-Feb-19 16:50:32

The child is 3 confused

rainflowerstar Fri 01-Feb-19 16:51:23

Does your child go term time or all year?

TinselTimes Fri 01-Feb-19 16:53:05

That’s plenty of time, I definitely wouldn’t pay the extra.

unlimiteddilutingjuice Fri 01-Feb-19 16:55:29

Why aren't you getting the full 15 hours? Is it a private nursery or council?
I wouldn't pay money I didn't have for the sake of an extra 1/2 hour a day. Can you do other stuff? Toddler group, stay and play, library etc?

TheVanguardSix Fri 01-Feb-19 16:55:46

Can you not put your child in a state nursery attached to a primary, 9am to midday? They’re almost always better than any private nursery I’ve used (for wraparound care).

Holidayshopping Fri 01-Feb-19 16:58:48

What’s wrong with 2.5 hours a day?! If you want her to play more-play with her more or take her to a toddler group.

WorriedMum11 Fri 01-Feb-19 17:01:24

To answer your question yes you should have to pay if you want extra. At 3 - 15 hours is enough find a setting that does them all if that's what you want!

OddBoots Fri 01-Feb-19 17:02:40

2.5 hours a day is plenty and she will get a lot from being with you too, no need for more nursery. I'm going back a good few years now but mine only did 9h a week (3x3h pw) and it was perfectly fine and normal.

MilkItTilITurnItIntoCheese Fri 01-Feb-19 17:04:46

You will be entitled to 15 hours a week. If your setting is giving you less its because they are spreading it over a whole year instead of termtime only. You need to either pay the difference or find a termtime only setting.

grumblina Fri 01-Feb-19 17:08:30

If you are on benefits because you don’t work, I’m sure you could play with her...

Goodynuf Fri 01-Feb-19 17:10:26

In my opinion if your not working you shouldn't have free nursery care. Unless it's to cover job interviews.

Jackshouse Fri 01-Feb-19 17:13:06

The 15 hours a week is for 38 weeks of the year. Is your child going to nursery only in term time or all the time?

FraterculaArctica Fri 01-Feb-19 17:14:11

Some ridiculous comments on this thread. All 3 year olds are entitled to 15 free hours in term time. I'd suggest you ask the nursery if there's something about the way these are spread through the year that means you appear to only get 12 a week. If not, and you want the extra 3 hours, consider a different nursery. Benefits or not has nothing to do with it when child is over 3.

grenadezombie Fri 01-Feb-19 17:16:41

If you want more than is funded then yes, you should pay.

Tiredeyes21 Fri 01-Feb-19 17:17:29

Why not just use it for two full days?
My DS is in nursery 4 days a week, even with 30 hours funding it still costs us £400 a month!

BackforGood Fri 01-Feb-19 17:18:47

As others have said, check how it is they are offering a shorter length of time first - it my well be they offer the 'stretched hours'.
But, in truth, I would look on this as a positive, that my child was lucky enough to live in a country at a time when they offer children a free Nursery place. 2 1/2 hours a day is lots of time for her to do all the activities, get used to being with other children, etc.

grumblina Fri 01-Feb-19 17:19:12

Surely this was explained - I manage a term time only school based nursery with the option to stretch funding over the whole year as we are open in holidays. Parents decide how they take their funding. The question was if she should pay for it when she’s on benefits so it’s entirely relevant to the thread

grumblina Fri 01-Feb-19 17:20:27

Just to clarify the preschool is term time only and we do holiday club

woodhill Fri 01-Feb-19 17:20:37

The nursery sessions at schools were only 2.5 hours when mine were that age.

Racecardriver Fri 01-Feb-19 17:21:24

Why is the amount of time she spends there an issue?

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