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Denied 15 Hours Free Entitlement

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retrohsnevets Tue 07-Jun-11 22:50:58

Hello everyone. First post.

Without beating about the bush, has anyone found it difficult to get the full 15 hours entitlement out of their nursery?

We have a child in a Kingston Nursery and they refuse to honour the full 15 hours, despite attendance in excess of 9 sessions a week, i.e. 3 mornings and 3 afternoons.

Are they allowed to do this?

retrohsnevets Sat 01-Oct-11 23:55:35

Hello. Thanks for all your comments.

The nursery in question capitulated, but only because they were in breach of contract. They had not notified parents correctly of the decision not to offer 15 hours free entitlement, and have offered compensation.

boomyboy Mon 03-Oct-11 10:57:58

Depending on the size of the nursery, we only need to offer 1, 2 or 3 totally free spaces. If these are already allocated, then you would have to go on the waiting list for one.

Any 3 year old would still get the 15 hour entitlement, but the child would have to attend for the nursery's mimimum attendance at least and you would pay the difference.

It is a business, not a charity after all! ;-)

Cai1 Wed 06-Feb-13 22:16:40


Dumb question - why would a nursery not offer the free early years entitlement? We were recently offered a place at our local private nursery, however they do not participate in the scheme. Why would they choose to do that. Is it to keep a certain demographic from joining the nursery?


HSMMaCM Thu 07-Feb-13 18:26:28

Cai1 - it's because offering the free hours costs the nursery money. The government does not pay the full hourly rate for the hours and there is a pile of accompanying admin.

PureQuintessence Thu 07-Feb-13 18:42:40

My sons old nursery would only offer either the morning or the afternoon sessions, not both. This meant your child needed to be ever day to get the full allowance. If they were full days, the hours from the second session had to be paid for, regardless of how many days per week. Do you think this is what is happening at your dc nursery?

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