My exp was meant to look after my dd for 3 weeks but has pulled out at the last minute, leaving me completely in the lurch. It's too late to ask anyone else I know now. What can I do? Was thinking of a nursery but she is so little, I think that will be rather traumatic. Money is also an issue as I'm guessing he is going to refuse to help financially as well.
What sort of hours? What age? If not under 1, then a Child Minder might have a space for them for that period of time. It would be harder for an under 1 year old as they have very limited spaces for under 1s, and that age does limit the activities of older children. That would be your cheapest option, I guess. Most CMs seem to work an 8 - 6 day, but some work more/less.
Your other option is a temp nanny. That would probably cost more, but would enable you to leave your DD at home and so she may be more settled.
I doubt a nursery would take her for just 3 weeks. Often children have settling in periods lasting 1 or 2 weeks, so it would be very disruptive for both your DD and the other children to have a child thrust upon them.
If you say what area you are in, some CMs on this board might let you know whether they have a vacancy at the moment that they would be happy to fill for a short period of time. Otherwise you could have a look at the posts on the Childminder Vacancies thread or post on the Mums looking for childcare thread on this board. Or you could try posting an ad on Netmums Local, or even just look at the current CM ads that are on there.
splashy where do you live maybe you could get a nanny to do a nannyshare with another child for that short period of time will help financially... if you are near hampstead direction, i might be able to help you!
You should have lots of options in West London. Loads of childminders. Surely there is one who has a vacancy. Whilst a temp nanny is the most convenient, I note you say cost is an issue. A temp nanny will be very significantly more expensive than a childminder. Where do you work? Childcare might be cheaper closer to work than it is in West London.
Childminder list from LB Fulham & Hammersmith Not all childminders will be listed... though will give you some to contact tonight. Call F&H Family Information Service tomorrow on 0845 313 3933 for a larger list - they may also know who has a vacancy for an under1. E-mail email@example.com
Agree with Strix that a childminder will be cheaper than a nanny. I would guess around £6-£7 per hour in that area.
splash - i have a friend Diane, who lives in chiswick and has been a registered childminder for a number of years. her children are older now - the youngest being 13 so i am sure she would travel to you. shes is fantastic and visits baby/childminder groups most mornings. things are very slow in childminding atm and she has just registered with local nanny agencies to become a nanny. her rates are very reasonal (far too much in my opinion) and shes flexible. if you would like her details please let me know and i will pass them on to you. thanks
I was ill with a bug a couple of weeks back, I have 9 month old and 3 year old charges. Was a proper emergency as I had to call boss to take over as I couldn't care for the baby (older one at school) so he called a local nursery and got her in for the day then got a temp nanny for the following day through Eden. I assume the nanny was very expensive though as they would have had to have paid agency fees. But it is possible! I also did temp work in the past for Eden, as an emergency nanny.