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Seahorse Nursery Pricing Policy

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Harriet Wolfe (owner of seahorse nursery) sent an email out to all parents on the evening of the 29th March with a new price structure to take effect from effect 1st June. If parents are unhappy, or simply cannot afford to pay this they must notify the nursery before the beginning of April or they will become liable for one month at the new rates under the current terms and conditions of Seahorse. These new prices contain over 19% increases in extreme cases and 14% in most cases. In the past 12 months RPI has been at it's highest 3.5%, and most recently 2.5%. There is no improvement in standards or service for the children in their care for this extra fee.

Seahorse opened it's doors at the end of summer 2018 with a price structure already higher than many of its local competitors.

This new pricing structure has some fundamental flaws and misconceptions one of which is that the Wimbledon Park nursery is outstanding (Ofsted have not visited the site), what it clearly is however, is an attempt to extort money from hard working families (now that a neighbouring nursery has closed it's doors).

On the face of it is an extreme case of profiteering at all of our families, and ultimately our children's expense.

As an aside and in addition to this Seahorse this week are attempting to charge parents £5 per month per childcare voucher payment as an administration charge, something almost unheard of in childcare.

If you are concerned at the significant unexplained, (and some may say underhand timing and delivery) price hike from Seahorse nursery (Wimbledon Park) of as much as 19% then please let your feelings be known by adding your name to this petition.

By signing this petition you strongly disagree with the approach that Harriet Wolfe has taken on fees and urge her to reconsider immediately the "Fees & Admissions (effective from 01 June 2019" document sent to all parents. You feel that Seahorse is attempting to take advantage of their position given that there are limited childcare options in the area, and that their approach is unethical. You also want to attend a meeting with the seahorse owners and parents to discuss these proposed price increases.

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