Nursery - 30 hours stretched free childcare question

-chapperz- Forumite Posts: 9
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Up until the end of February our son has attended nursery for 2 days per week. The nursery offers stretched funding which is great, and means he gets 22hrs per week over 52 weeks of the year.

From March, he's going to be attending 3 days one week, and 1 day the following week, so alternating on a 3 day then 1 day basis.

Nursery have said regardless of the fact it's still the same number of days and hours overall, as he's now doing 3 days in a week they'll have to charge for the extra hours. Is this correct? Is it literally 22hrs per week rather than the 1140hrs for the year being split as necessary?


  • cr1mson
    cr1mson Forumite Posts: 868
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    The stretched offer allows childcare providers calculating how many funded hours the parent is entitled to across the year (term time) and spreading these hours evenly across the year. So you get 22 hours allocated per week and for week with 3 days you will need to pay for anything in excess of this. 
  • ironlady2022
    ironlady2022 Forumite Posts: 1,544
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    That's correct it is down per week, otherwise, parents could have all the funded hours in less time.
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