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Nursery demanding more money?

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peachespaige Fri 14-Sep-07 14:52:21

Hello, I was wondering if anyone else thinks this is cheeky.
I applied for several nurseries for ds but he didnt get a place so Ive ended up putting him in a private nursery which is nice but I have to drive to it plus its very expensive.
I got a call on Tuesday offering him a place in my first choice nursery just a walk up the road from us, it is like gold dust trying to get a place people litteraly fight for places, (insane). Anyway I told his current nursery this and said I would pay full fees for the week he has been there and like it states in my contract I will forfit the £100 deposite. Anyway she has now told me that on top of this she wants an extra 2 weeks full fee's for inconvenience! I mean surely she cant just demand that? Im paying £121 a week! What do you think?

fireflyfairy2 Fri 14-Sep-07 14:53:35

Ask her for a copy of the original contract with this clause highlighted for your benefit.

Bet she doesn't get you it!

mytwopenceworth Fri 14-Sep-07 14:55:06

notice period?? Does it state that you have to give them any notice to withdraw?

bookthief Fri 14-Sep-07 14:55:43

Pay whatever it says in the contract and not a penny more. What's she going to do - hold your ds to ransome?

If she took you to small claims for non-payment she'd surely only be able to go by the contract, not some figure pulled out of nowhere.

wheelsonthebus Fri 14-Sep-07 14:55:58

my dd's nursery has a 3-month notice period.

Bubble99 Fri 14-Sep-07 14:56:33

Did your contract state notice period required?

slalomsuki Fri 14-Sep-07 14:57:58

Mine is one months notice and you have to pay up front for it.

I know parents however who cancel the contract with them and restart a new one after every school holiday so they don't pay for the Christmas closure etc

Bubble99 Fri 14-Sep-07 15:00:02

With the week you've paid for, plus the deposit and the extra two week's fees she's asking for, this sounds like one month's worth of fees/notice - which is the notice required at our nursery.

LIZS Fri 14-Sep-07 15:00:52

Normal to have a notice period or pay in lieu. Can he not start when that has expired so you get your money's worth ?

Bubble99 Fri 14-Sep-07 15:02:15

slalomsuki. In popular/busy nurseries there will often not be a place to come back to. Some parents at our nursery have tried this and have been very P'd off when we've offered the place to a new child in their absence.

tissy Fri 14-Sep-07 15:03:05

It may be cheaper to pay a retainer at your new nursery, and keep ds at old nursery till your notice period is over. I would be amazed if you don't have one!

They do have to pay their staff if you withdraw ds at short notice, so it is quite reasonable.

Bubble99 Fri 14-Sep-07 15:10:39

And how many landlords, insurance companies etc would let someone not pay because they were on holiday? hmm

TigerFeet Fri 14-Sep-07 15:28:00

We have to pay a month's notice

We are lucky in that we are not charged for Christmas closure and we also get two weeks a year at half price for holidays.

I don't think a month is unreasonable tbh.

peachespaige Fri 14-Sep-07 16:59:00

It states that we pay £100 deposit which you lose if you dont give your months notice, which we agreed to. I suppose that she must be charging us for the full month even though term didnt start until 10th Sept. It says clearly that you lose the £100 if you pull out but doesnt make it clear about the months fee's. Oh well.
I cant pay a retainer on the new nursery as its a government one and is free. Its a great nursery so it makes the sting of losing the money worth it!

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