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Emergency childcare - are there any options?

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ItsMeAgainYesHowDidYouGuess Thu 28-Mar-13 13:43:12

Hi, also worth checking out some of the local gym crèches as they will take children for a short while if you need a couple of hours respite. I know the one in Caversham does this.

EmergencyChildcare Thu 28-Mar-13 13:37:28

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nbee84 Thu 14-Mar-13 11:45:46

It's worth contacting sitters Though the majority of their stuff is evening babysitting, a lot of the nannies/childcare workers that are registered are also available for daytime work. A friend is registered and as she works a 3 day week if any 'jobs' come through for her days off and she has nothing planned then she will work them. She says that quite a few jobs come through during school holidays but that she is starting to notice a few more for other times too.

One of the down sides to this is that you may not get the same person each time but you can request a particular person and hope that they are free.

Woolfey Thu 14-Mar-13 07:14:51

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lechatnoir Tue 12-Mar-13 20:18:59

(Posted too soon) .... work under numbers. When we first met she signed a 'zero hours' contract, permissions & policies etc & I will invoice her tonight & she will pay either at drop off or on collection. I do charge slightly more for ad hoc work like this but it suits them & me well so everyone seems happy enough. I found all my ad hoc families on - 1 placed an ad & the other 2 messaged me.

lechatnoir Tue 12-Mar-13 20:15:18

I'm a CM with a couple of families on my books who only use me for emergency cover & babysitting. I have 1 tomorrow - mum texted me at lunchtime to say her MIL didn't want to travel in the snow & would I have her DS which I can as I always w

afussyphase Tue 12-Mar-13 15:14:46

Definitely local childminders over All they do is effectively charge you for the numbers of local childminders and nurseries, who you then would need to meet and talk to anyway! I guess they pass along your whole profile, who your doctor is and all that. Local childminders have often helped me out, too ...

Fightlikeagirl Sat 09-Mar-13 15:17:32

Have you found anyone yet? I'm a cm in Reading. I'm full but know of a fellow cm who maybe able to help.
Pm me.

glenthebattleostrich Fri 08-Mar-13 17:05:27

Was going to suggest local childminders. I work under numbers usually but don't mind the occasional extra child

letsgoflyakite Fri 08-Mar-13 17:00:31

Woolfey, I may be able to help. I will inbox you.

fluffygal Fri 08-Mar-13 16:49:05

What I would do is go visit local cm's, explain your situation and keep their numbers if you like them. They are likely to have spaces on some days but maybe not all. Then when you need one ring through the list until one can take your DD's. They will likely be happy to fill the space for the day and would be normal rate instead of emergency rates.

I did this the other day when my CM's son was ill so she couldn't have my DD. I had numbers of cm's I had seen and liked when I was originally looking but they didn't have full vacancy for my fulltime DD\preferred my current cm. One the first day off sick the first one I rang could look after her, and the next day the 2nd one could. I'm happy I always have that back up and they charged me normal rate. Its worth a try.

Maebe Fri 08-Mar-13 16:42:47

Try too, you might be able to find CMs who don't have a full roster and so could cope with extra children for a day or so.

Woolfey Fri 08-Mar-13 16:41:24

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Blondeshavemorefun Fri 08-Mar-13 16:37:54

as others have said emergency temp nannies - this is what i do

you can usually find a nanny through an agency and then hopefully aqll checks have been done by them as obv you wont have time to do yourself

might be worth registering with some, usually doesnt cost anything to register then if you need someone asap you can ring

other way is to look at your local netmums site for nannies/cm on there and contact some and have a list of a few who 'could' be free when you need them

where are you?

Wickedgirl Fri 08-Mar-13 16:30:17

Where are you?

Some childminders may be able to help......have you asked any?

SuperDuperJezebel Fri 08-Mar-13 13:28:20

I've done some emergency temp work through Likeminders, I'd recommend them if you're based in London.

minderjinx Fri 08-Mar-13 13:26:22

There's a website you could try.

Trunchbull Fri 08-Mar-13 13:22:28

Whereabouts are you?

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 08-Mar-13 12:04:01

A nanny who does babysitting is generally looking for evening babysitting, they'll probably be at work during the day.

TwelveLeggedWalk Fri 08-Mar-13 11:59:47

Have a look on for a nanny who also does babysitting?

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 08-Mar-13 11:57:33

Temp nanny. Get registered with an agency and they can send someone out to you with very short notice. It will be quite expensive though.

Otherwise look for nannies/au pairs/responsible teenagers/retired people looking for a bit fo extra cash and cultivate a relationship with a few of them, then you should have someone to call on in an emergency. If you have a few people then chances are one of them will be free. More hassle, but probably cheaper.

iluvkids Fri 08-Mar-13 11:37:07

An emergency temp nanny

Woolfey Fri 08-Mar-13 10:45:00

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