I have had a longstanding bugbear about my daughters' nursery asking us 'voluntary contributions' for supposedly govt-funded free hours (have posted about this before). This term we were charged over £500 for each daughter attending (so over a grand for 14 hours each). I decided this was getting ridiculous and told the nursery we can not afford it (we can't) and offered to pay half. Apparently the nursery can not afford to run without these 'voluntary' contributions (which you don't find out about until you're already signed up). Turns out they are mandatory and I've been told we are not welcome next term unless we cough up the full amount. I am seething. I know I can go to the council and they will support me, but this is just so uncomfortable when you are being told that the nursery is small/providing above-average care and that the government grant doesn't cover the basics, let alone any extras. However, I can't be looking for a new nursery for just one term before my daughter starts school (so unsettling for her). And I can't bear the thought of being the unwelcome parent who doesn't pay her way either. So stressed...
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Voluntary contributions - grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Pierrette · 21/02/2012 17:21
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