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    • tekton23
    • By tekton23 7th Aug 19, 7:11 PM
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    30 Hours Free Lost to Nursery Extra Hours Charges
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    • 7th Aug 19, 7:11 PM
    30 Hours Free Lost to Nursery Extra Hours Charges 7th Aug 19 at 7:11 PM
    Hi,

    So now our child is 3 years old, I was looking forward and had planned financially for the 30 hours free childcare that will start in September. My expectation was that we would save the 75 per day incl. lunch (60 after tax free childcare is deducted) we currently pay for her to attend 3 days a week.

    However, I have been told by our child's nursery that the 30 hours can only be used from 9am - 3pm and so we will still have to pay the remaining 4 hours at 15 per hour, so 60 per day, plus a lunch allowance of 6. So this will effectively work out at 66 per day, which is MORE than we currently pay. So the benefit of 30 free hours is completely removed.

    Can this be right? Presumably this affects many people. Does anyone have any advice? Perhaps someone knows of a well paid job that will allow us to attend just between the hours of 9am-3pm with say an additional hour either side, taken off that for travel in London.

    Thanks!

    T23
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    • tehone
    • By tehone 7th Aug 19, 7:26 PM
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    • 7th Aug 19, 7:26 PM
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    • 7th Aug 19, 7:26 PM
    is there another nursery with different terms you can use
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 7th Aug 19, 7:36 PM
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    • 7th Aug 19, 7:36 PM
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    • 7th Aug 19, 7:36 PM
    The 30 hours is for the full week., 6 hours per day. It is your choice to only use 3 of those days and you don't have to.

    It is your choice to only use 18 of them

    Providers do not even have to offer it and if they do then they can be flexible. You are entitled to a maximum of 1140 hours over 38 weeks. Some providers may reduce the weekly amount to stretch over more weeks but sounds like the provider offers 6 hours per day for 5 days and does not vary that. That is their choice.

    Your choice is to find somewhere that fits in with your working pattern


    It sounds like the other 4 hours that you want is childminding rather time spent as part of EYFS
    Last edited by unforeseen; 07-08-2019 at 8:27 PM.
    • KatrinaWaves
    • By KatrinaWaves 21st Aug 19, 1:37 PM
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    • 21st Aug 19, 1:37 PM
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    • 21st Aug 19, 1:37 PM
    Nurseries are not paid very much to provide this 'free childcare'

    They can dictate when you can use it, unfortunately is not just a bank of hours to offset as you wish
    • Chop-D
    • By Chop-D 21st Aug 19, 2:48 PM
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    • 21st Aug 19, 2:48 PM
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    • 21st Aug 19, 2:48 PM
    From recent experience some nurseries restrict the hours you can use the free childcare, but others are more flexible and you can use it during different times of day.
    • Mrsn
    • By Mrsn 21st Aug 19, 5:27 PM
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    • 21st Aug 19, 5:27 PM
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    • 21st Aug 19, 5:27 PM
    Unfortunately most childcare providers can set the rules as to how they will let you use the 30hrs. It’s is also common practice for meals to be charged as this isn’t something covered by the funding.... however I understood it to be that the 30hrs you could use over the year rather than the previous 15 which could only be used term time
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