Parents to be fined £1 a MINUTE if they're late picking their children up from pre-school
The bold new move has been branded 'disgusting' by furious mum who claimed the rules were 'ridiculous
in a bold new move by school bosses.
Academy chiefs issued a warning telling parents that they will be fined £1 for every minute they are late - and kids could even be kicked out.
The letter has been branded 'disgusting' by mums who claimed the rules were 'ridiculous'.
One mum said: "“I just couldn’t believe it.
How are they going to enforce it and where is that money going to go?
“Is it even legal to charge parents for being late?
“I find it disgusting. We’re in a deprived area where there are a lot of single mums trying to get back into work. It’s ridiculous."
Oasis Academy Limeside, a pre-school in Oldham, said parents late picking up their children from morning sessions leave staff with less time for their lunch and to prepare for the afternoon.
According to Manchester Evening News the note, sent out on Monday, read: "The unit needs to close between sessions in order for staff to have their lunch and prepare the classroom.
“When children are collected late staff have less time to prepare for the afternoon session.
“A charge of £1 is payable for every minute you are late to collect your child.
“Continuous late collections will result in your child’s place being withdrawn. Thank you.”
Principal Helen Arya said: “Our pre-school staff run two separate sessions, one that ends at 11.45am and one that begins at 12.15pm.
“Due to the time constraints between sessions, when our staff can have their lunch and prepare for the children coming in the afternoon, it is important parents are punctual at pick up time.
“The letter to our parents earlier this week was to reiterate how seriously we take this issue.
“As ever, if any of our parents or guardians have any concerns regarding this or any other issue, they are encouraged to contact the academy directly.”
The learning unit for two-year-olds looks after 20 children - some of whom are entitled to 15 hours free care a week under the government’s early education scheme.