Nursery waives fees to alleviate parents’ money woes over Christmas

Olivia Rook
Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Nottinghamshire nursery will offer the free childcare to new and existing families.

The average UK household spends over £500 on top of their usual outgoings in December.
The average UK household spends over £500 on top of their usual outgoings in December.

Christmas has come early for parents at a nursery in Nottinghamshire who have been told they will be given a month’s free childcare in the new year.

Child First Welbeck in Worksop has decided to waive nursery fees in January 2020 to help parents struggling with the cost of childcare.

The nursery’s day rate is £54.60 and the cost of childcare for a full working week (five days) is £226. This means parents could save £904 in January.

The nursery, which is hoping to waive the fees every year, insists the decision is not a PR stunt designed to attract new parents to the setting and will offer the free childcare to existing parents.

Speaking to daynurseries.co.uk, Tom Shea, director of Child First Welbeck, said: ‘Child First Welbeck is different, and we want to show that difference. We are more than a day nursery and we are more than just another company.

‘We looked at the main issues affecting parents and carers and, whilst we are campaigning for better subsidies and better organisation of them, cost is one of the major inhibitors.’

Kerry Fellowes, manager of Child First Welbeck, said: 'We wanted to offer it for the month because parents are struggling with the cost of nursery going up. We saw an advert for giving a week's free childcare and thought it's not really going to help the parents, so we thought we'd give a month free. It's for everyone – funded and paying parents.'

With Christmas being an expensive time of year for families – according to Bank of England, the average UK household spends over £500 on top of their usual outgoings in December – Ms Fellowes said the nursery wanted to alleviate some of the financial pressures parents face at this time of year.

She added: 'The current parents absolutely love it. Christmas is an expensive time of year. If you've got two or three children it's never cheap, so if we can take the pressure off them at Christmas time obviously they can have a nicer Christmas and make it one to remember.'

Parents who are interested in the nursery’s offer must sign up before 1 December.

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