is it possible now for pre schools to ask parents to top up the funding given to them once kids reach 3? i had an idea this was outlawed? my dd1 turns 3 in sept but she isnt yet ready to do 15 hours a week...
Ring your local CUS to find out (childcare information service).
Different Local Authorities have different rules about how the 12.5 hours is used - some will pay for 5 * 2.5 hours sessions, and allow nurseries/pre-schools to charge a top up fee if the session goes on longer than this. Otherwise, the parent should be able to take their child out after 2.5 hous without any problems.
Other local authorities just fund the first 12.5 hours of childcare per week, regardless of how sessions are organised.
The main point is that the childcare should be free at the point of delivery. It's ok for a pre-school to charge extra for snacks, but you shouldn't have to paty anything else for 12.5 hours of childcare. HTH. (I'm a pre-school treasurer, and had to look into all this earlier this year).
I think that as a condition of offering the funding the nurseries have to make it possible to access just the funded sessions if people want to, is a 2.5 hour session for no charge. You have to pay extra if you use more than that though.
Yes they can. The nursery my LO will go to asks for £900!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! top up fee, that's a term, not a year. They do not allow the children to just do the 2.5 hours, they have to stay until 2.15 and they have to have school dinners at £100 a term. It will cost us an extra £1000 a term IN A STATE SCHOOL for this. However, they have us over a barrel because siblings will no longer have a guaranteed place in reception if they do not attend the nursery. I am extremely unhappy about this and it's being taken up with the borough.
Can anyone help. My son is 4 and in a pre-prep. We have registered him to enter Kings College wimbledon or Colet COurt. St Pauls at age 7 but would be grateful to know tips on the entrance tests and does anyone know of a good tutor who would help him prepare for those entrance tests.