Nurseries: Exploiting busy parents?
Children are little coin vampires aren't they? They always want stuff like toys, cake and basic human rights. Bafflingly, we're not allowed to exploit their abundant stupidity and work them like slaves. Unless paper rounds count?
Even before our little bundles of boke can even talk, they demand to be looked after, regardless of whether you, as an adult (presuming that no right-minded child would want to read this site) feel able to look after yourself in the most rudimentary of ways.
Now, report The Guardian, there are adults imposing massive fines on you poor breeders who have children in nurseries. If you work your arse off to give your child what it needs, and end up being late for whatever perfectly good reason, some childcare centres want to fleece you with some extortionate penalties!
The fines have been put in place to stop parents from exploiting private nurseries as a free "waiting room" for their youngsters when running late. However, if you're already pretty broke, some of the fees can hammer your bank balance and be based on a wild, random system that does not correlate across the board.
Fines can be as high as £50 for each 15 minutes of tardiness and there's a chance that they could be rising even further. At Phoenix House Montessori nursery school in Stamford Hill, London, penalty-fees have increased from £1 a minute to £5 a minute.
While the National Day Nurseries Association suggest that this penalising stops people abusing the system, Netmums online (a community for parents) suggests that nurseries are only doing this to earn easy money.
These charges are put in place to stop persistent offenders, but it seems that first time late-comers get hit with the charge all the same.
It is worth pointing out that some nurseries don't charge a bean for late-comers, but as these places tend to be unregulated (by virtue of the fact that they are private businesses), there's nothing to stop them all getting on board with this wild penalising. Surely it's difficult (and expensive) enough raising children?
What do think of nursery late fees?