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Hello all,

I am not sure but we seem to be a bit quite this term and the spring term next year. We were extremely busy last year and hence we had hired one extra staff. I hope things pick up otherwise i am concerned that the owner might make some changes.

Two years ago we experienced similar occupancy levels, am hoping this year is just a blip :(..

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We are experiencing the same thing at the moment - very quiet across all age rooms despite lots and lots of marketing. We are extremely overstaffed - which is great for quality provision but not so good for the business!

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A bit different for me, still seem to be quite busy, very nearly full in the mornings but a bit quieter in the afternoons. It's next September i'm worrying about as we have 21 leaving for school. We have 25 a session and 45 on role so we will be practically empty and haven't got much space available now to build it up ready!

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My preschool age us full but the younger age group is far from it.

my parents are deferring until they get 3yr funding. Am in crazy situation of not knowing if I can offer all of them a place in September. Or if I have enough of them? I always lose a few; house move, leave country or go to private education. But when they start at 2 and you get to know the families you get to see the signs.

Anyway, I think families just don't have disposable income and are holding back on nursery.

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i spoke to several lead practitioners at a meeting recently and it seems that this is a quiet year (child wise ).

we have only 36 spaces out of 280 offered (28 children for 10 sessions a week ) so we are lucky - it is a lottery as you never know from one year to the next as parents apply to setting , send in forms etc., so you think you are relatively full but then children never turn up - you phone and parent says "oh we don't need the space now- they're going to another place" - THANKS FOR LETTING US KNOW :angry:

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Could this be dependent upon area/saturation of childcare available?

 

I'm in Norfolk and have 2 nurseries and both are absolutely chocker for the next 2 years (apart from on Mondays and Fridays as is always the case.)

Do you have any help from EYA?

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