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feel sick - is this how much nurseries cost????

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eenybeeny · 04/06/2008 09:34

my DS is supposed to start nursery this september when he is 2. we booked his place in this nursery ages ago as it is very very good. its a montessory (sp?) Anyway I just spoke to the sort of secong in command to confirm his place and she told me how much it costs (when we asked before they were unable to give us a definite quote for confusing reasons)

anyway - 2 mornings a week it will be £400 a term. And when he turns 3 (a whole year after he starts) and the vouchers kick in they will only cover about 50%.

I just feel sick. I dont think we can afford that. Is that the norm for nurseries?????? There is another nursery in town which is much less but I just love this one and I am gutted. I dont know what to do. She said we can break it down into monthly payments but still thats over £100 a month!

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eenybeeny · 04/06/2008 09:35

oh and to add insult to injury its a small village where you know a lot of other people's business and I know for a fact the Head gives out free places to her friends children. And they are all loaded so could pay anyway.

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mylovelymonster · 04/06/2008 09:38

I think the average around here is about £25 a half day and £48 a whole day. We use 4 whole days a week which is £800 a month!!!!!!

It is a lot.

lulumama · 04/06/2008 09:40

nurseries are expensive. did you get a breakdown of what it costs per morning session? i know here it is around £16 for a morning or afternoon and £35 for a full day or thereabouts.

i doubt that the head gives free places to friends children, a nursery has to be full of paying children to turn a profit. she might give a small discount.

send her to the other cheaper nursery . if you cannot afford it, you cannot afford it!

CantSleepWontSleep · 04/06/2008 09:40

Dd's costs £525 a term for 2 afternoons a week (and may go up in Sept), so I'd say yours is a bargain!

Bramshott · 04/06/2008 09:41

Before the vouchers kick in, it's a lot, especially if you're not working (as in, that's not the reason your DS is going to nursery). Round here they range from £12 - £16 a 3 hour session so could easily be £400 a term. Can you hold his place until Jan or Easter when he's a bit older and there's less time before his funding starts?

cupsoftea · 04/06/2008 09:41

head gives out free places!!!! - do you want to be paying for other peoples kids??? I'd steer well clear of this place.

eenybeeny · 04/06/2008 09:42

sorry I know for a fact she gives free places. it isnt a rumour I know the Head and the people who have the free places.

Right. If thats how much they cost I will try to make it work.

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cmotdibbler · 04/06/2008 09:42

Sounds about right to me. DS (2) is in nursery full time and it costs 45 pounds a day, even with the discount for being full time.

Can you get childcare vouchers through either of your work ? This lets you get up to 243 pounds a month to spend on childcare tax and NI free

eenybeeny · 04/06/2008 09:43

cupofsofttea I know what you mean. I just love the nursery!

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lulumama · 04/06/2008 09:43

how bizarre. well good for her if she can afford to do so! and like cupsoftea says, do you want to subsidise other peoples' children...

look at a Childminder instead. they can be a little cheaper

gingerninja · 04/06/2008 09:44

My DD goes to nursery 3 full days and it's over £800. It is hardly worth going back to work for but I need the little bit of money that I do earn on top of this so it's necessary. Don't think I could afford two kids in nursery tho.

cupsoftea · 04/06/2008 09:44

she favours other peoples kids & not yours. I wouldn't set foot in a place like that. Costs enough so why pay more so she can hand out FREE places to others.

gingerninja · 04/06/2008 09:44

per month btw

milliec · 04/06/2008 09:45

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CantSleepWontSleep · 04/06/2008 09:46

But this is a nursery school isn't it eenybeeny? At least that's the impression I get from your OP. I don't think going to a CM is the same at all as going to pre-school.

CantSleepWontSleep · 04/06/2008 09:47

milliec - the Montessori we looked at was cheaper than the non-Montessori one that we chose in the end, so that sounds like an excuse for their high fees!

theAfkaUrbanDryad · 04/06/2008 09:48

i pay between £525 and £600 for ds' nursery (per month) which means that i make £120 per month profit on my wages!

he is younger though (17 months) so it would be more than for your ds!

Anna8888 · 04/06/2008 09:49

eenybeeny - why are you putting your DS in nursery so young? Are you going back to work?

If not, I'd wait a year until your DS is 3 when nursery is both cheaper and will make a difference to your DS (it won't at 2) and use the £££ you save to make life easier in other ways.

eenybeeny · 04/06/2008 09:51

No I wont have him go to a CM it isnt what I want. I am not sending him because I need the childcare but because he wants friends and to play and I want him to learn little things that you learn in nursery.

There is a private Montessory primary school also owned by the head that I was hoping DS would eventually go to. Again some children get free places in that too.

The head and I know each other on a first name basis but just never really got to be friends so she hasnt offered me a place and I darent ask for one.

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cupsoftea · 04/06/2008 09:52

anna - what rubbish - "wont make a difference"?????? very judgemental "why are you putting your DS in nursery so young"

theAfkaUrbanDryad · 04/06/2008 09:53

Eeny - if you're not going back to work, why not check out a few M&T groups in your area? It can take a few tries to get a good one, but if you do find a good one then it can be real fun for your lo and give them the socialising that you'd like them to have!

Anna8888 · 04/06/2008 09:54

You answered my question.

I really wouldn't bother sending him at 2 if it's going to make you really hard up.

My daughter started pre-school last September aged 2.10. Some of the children in her class had been to nursery on a part-time basis from 18 months/2 years and some hadn't. I really don't think it makes any difference for school preparation (and there are also good reasons for staying at home full-time until 3 - notably for language development).

eenybeeny · 04/06/2008 09:54

I am putting him in nursery because he is getting to this thing where he always says "Friends please Mama" and I thought he would benefit from the play with all the other children.

Yes we do go to mother & toddler groups etc but I just felt it wasnt enough for him. Also he is extremely attached to me. Hates it when i leave his sight always has to be touching me etc which I should say I LOVE as I am head over heels in love with him but I do worry he isnt gaining any sort of independence so I thought 2 mornings a week would give him some more confidence.

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theAfkaUrbanDryad · 04/06/2008 09:55

cups - actually, i sort of agree with Anna (first time for everything eh?? ) i wouldn't have thought that a child "needed" to be at nursery at 2! of course if that's what you want Eeny then it's your call, but it seems a bit sad to bankrupt yourself to put dc in nursery when it's not strictly necessary!

not trying to be judgey mcjudge, just offering other options!

cupsoftea · 04/06/2008 09:57

I'm with you eeney - it really helps them to be able to spend sometime with other kids & another carer.

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