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Term Time only child care in nurseries

Discussion in 'Primary' started by nursery111, Mar 1, 2011.


  1. I would be interested to find out what peoples experiences are with regard to term time only child provision at nurseries .
    What are the terms and conditions?
    Possative and negative aspects?
    Fees ? Deposits during holiday periods?
    How can they be better ?
    Any discounts for teachers ?
    Who offer good deals?

     
  2. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    Are you looking for one? Have you checked to see if any local schools - particularly larger secondary schools - have one that opens term time only?
     
  3. Sounds more as though you're planning to start one. Good idea.
     
  4. I'd love this option - I have to pay half in the school holidays!
     
  5. Having worked in some, the negatives are that working parents wanting day care are disadvantaged becasue they still have to find care in the holidays. Most term time only nurseries are attached to schools, so staff have the same contracts as school staff. It totally depends on what you need as a parent. If you're working full time, it's probably unsuitable; if you're just putting your child into nursery for socialising and pre-school experience it's ideal. Most organisations offering term time only care tend to offer playschemes which may or may not be suitable for under fives. Terms and conditions are usually the same as any other nursery. Discounts for teachers? Maybe, if you're actually teaching where your child is, otherwise, why? Good deals? Can't help you there...every nursery is different, just like schools. You have to look around each one and then weigh up the costs, advantages and disadvantages.
     
  6. upsadaisy

    upsadaisy New commenter

    I wanted this but the nursery couldn't do a term time only contract, but charged me half price during term breaks. Which I completely begrudged paying for a service I wasn't receiving.

    There are usually discounts for siblings.

    The problem with term time only is that you still have to pay your staff and require money to be paid.
     
  7. I wanted this arrangement, but none of the nurseries offered it. As a result I haven't chosen Nursery for my childcare arrangements and instead have a childminder who charged 50% for holidays. Even that seems a bit painful in August when they don't go at all, but it is the cost of keeping a place open in an area where the childminders are much sought after.
    The issue with staff needing to be there could be flexible. My sister requires full day care in the school holidays for her school age child as she does not have the holidays off like I do. I am sure that for every teacher who has the holidays and wants their child off with them, there will be another parent whose childcare requirements for the holidays could fill that place in the holiday weeks.
     
  8. Better still, staff the nursery entirely with employees who want term-time only work (because they have older children of their own), so that you can afford to charge next to nothing (or much less than half anyway) in the holidays to your clients, who would be drawn exclusively from those who want term-time-only care.
    Or have one room on your nursery on this basis, and the other on continuous or holiday-time-only care so you can offer some flexibility.
    Ta daa!
    Good luck with your business, if you can keep costs down for working parents. Childcare costs in my area are a complete rip-off - mainly, I believe, due to the government subsidies available for some, which just mean that establishments hoik their rates up to take advantage, leaving everyone almost as out of pocket as they would have been wthout the government assistance and those not eligible for any help at all paying seriously through the nose or being forced to give up work, if they ahve more than one child, till their kids are all older.
     
  9. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Established commenter

    Or use me as your childminder. I charge only for the hours (measured to the nearest quarter of an hour) you use. I don't charge retainers or holiday pay or while a child is at nursery, playgroup or school. And I'm fabulous. Nurseries - blehh!
     

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