As a childminder, I charge my normal rate on Bank Holidays but my contracts stipulate that service is not available. I know that people question how a charge can be levied when there is no service but it depends how you write your contracts - more and more C/Ms are contracting some paid leave - I personally don't but it is certainly a growing trend. In more than 10 years I have never once had a parent make a negative comment about paying for Bank Holidays if they fall on their contracted days
I think it's just the fact I'm not totally happy with her anyway but struggling to find someone else, I'm not the only one either. Also slightly bitter I'm scrimping and saving to even be able to buy him Christmas presents, just ignore me. Thank you for all your responses.
Christmas, Boxing Day & NY are the only 3 days I don't charge for - I charge full fee for all other public holidays (with half fee supplement payable if they want me) and full for for 4 weeks leave a year so from my POV you've got a good deal . The fact you aren't satisfied with your CM is almost certainly the reason those free days off are particularly hard to swallow - it's pretty rare to hear of people moaning about their CM taking pre-agreed leave if they are 100% happy in all other areas. Hope you find someone new soon.
chocraisin and Karoleann I see both arguments. I've worked for people and been self employed. When I worked for someone I got paid well for bank holidays but only if I worked them. As self employed now I would love for someone to pay me to sit at home with my family for 2 weeks at christmas. Just had a text from a friend saying she has been told the same as me by her childminder today.