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Free nursery entitlement

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Woodstock Fri 28-Oct-16 20:19:31

Three year starts school next September when she'll be four years and two months old. Fair enough. However, her nursery says she has to finish with them on 21st July - when she'll still only be three.
She attends nursery for 11 hours each week, 52 weeks of the year - not 'termly' as most of the children on free entitlement do (ie. 15 hours a week, 38 weeks of the year).
That means that this lively little one will have 6 weeks before she starts school when she's not only going to be confused by being refused her place at nursery, but will be driving her poor Mum (my daughter) mad!
Any thoughts?

nanaK54 Fri 28-Oct-16 20:28:51

Will they 'keep' her if she pays for her place?

Luckygirl Fri 28-Oct-16 20:31:19

Maybe your DD can just enjoy those 6 weeks as precious time before she goes to school till she is 18.

nanaK54 Fri 28-Oct-16 20:35:01

The free entitlement is 570 hours so I'm guessing she will used that by July

Woodstock Fri 28-Oct-16 20:35:10

She can stay if my daughter coughs up £88 a week for the 6 'extra' weeks. But Mum is a single parent, so that's rather a lot to find. I help out financially already by funding four extra hours a week (and an extra lunch)....

nanaK54 Fri 28-Oct-16 20:35:28

will have

nanaK54 Fri 28-Oct-16 20:37:18

But as I said she will have used all of her free hours if she attends out of term time

Woodstock Fri 28-Oct-16 20:41:28

The free entitlement runs from last month, so should take her through to 31st August.
Also, the little girl has Sensory Processing Disorder (which I'd not heard of) and can be very demanding - more so than the average 3 year old would be. Nursery have been very supportive in dealing with this issue, I have to say.

annsixty Fri 28-Oct-16 20:44:18

I think the funding from the LEA only applies in term time. My D who is the manager of a pre school sometimes has to close for the summer holidays earlier than the schools as there is a cut off point for the funding. Must admit I don't know if this applies in nurseries.

Woodstock Fri 28-Oct-16 20:46:45

She attends for 11 hours each week - so that's 11 times 52, which equals 572 hours, less bank holidays. Other kids attend for 15 hours a week, 38 weeks of the year. Again, this equates to 570 hours.

nanaK54 Fri 28-Oct-16 20:46:48

You are right, it does start from September.
Will have to 'break out' a calculator!

Woodstock Fri 28-Oct-16 20:49:45

The nursery is open all year round, and only closes at weekends and Bank Holidays.

Woodstock Fri 28-Oct-16 20:50:12

I had to!

Alima Fri 28-Oct-16 20:52:54

Our GS was just under 4.5 when he started school in September. He had gone to pre-school nursery for a couple of years before that. The nursery shut for the holidays and he finished there on 21st July. He is a bright and lively little chap who really enjoyed his time off during the summer holidays and wasn't at all confused. He is doing very well at school now. Is the problem that your DD hadn't realised that there are such things as school holidays?

nanaK54 Fri 28-Oct-16 20:53:20

Perhaps your daughter could ask nursery to explain again and then if necessary contact LEA herself

Woodstock Fri 28-Oct-16 21:45:31

The nursery have only stated that all pre-schoolers finish officially on 21st July, so contacting the LEA is probably a good idea. Thank you.

nanaK54 Fri 28-Oct-16 21:49:33

Please come back update would like to see how this works out for her.
Think LEA will be eager to help if she has a confirmed SPD diagnosis

grannypiper Sat 29-Oct-16 07:58:21

Think i may have misunderstood the post but why is it such a problem that your Daughter has to look after her Daughter ?