My goes to a childminder 33 days a week, he is also in a school nursery everyday, so on those 3 days she picks him up at 12 and has him until 6pm. Although he's not with her all day, I still pay for a full day to keep his place.
From September he is due to start reception and will be finishing at 3.30pm. Can someone please explain how does payment work for after school care? Do I still have to pay for a full day?
I will be asking her, but first I wanted to know what is typical. Thanks
My dc's go to a cm before and after school. I play a daily rate ( i only have a term time contract) which is less than when they were there all day. i do not pay for the time they are in school . However, when ds2 was a nursery and the cm would collect him, i didnt pay for the time he was in nursery , only the time he was with her .
Regardless of how old your child is, once he is at school FULL TIME (this is relevant as half days for xx weeks/months that some school do are not counted as FT) then he is classed as over 5 for Ofsted ratio purposes meaning your childminder can take on more children so no longer needs to charge during school hours (never heard of a cm who charges ft schoolie during school hours) You are likely to need a new contract & she may charge different hourly rate or even a set fee from pick-up to 6pm. HTH
Its worth considering what you want to happen in the holidays/on inset days - will the CM have your DS or will you? - as this may affect how much you pay - e.g. you'll probably be asked to pay before/after school fees during termtime and full time fees in the hols, but some CMs pro-rata it so you'd pay the same each month (so they wouldn't lose out if you left just before a holiday).
Every CM is different though, so probably best to have a chat about it.
Once at school, they pay for either before or after school care or both, if required.
I do offer term time only contracts and school holiday contracts but some wouldn't be able to fill spaces with just school holiday care and therefore may charge full days during school holidays so think about whether or not you need all year round care or term time only.