It's been a while since i had a new starter, And i cant decide should i charge for settling in sessions?? I haven't had a deposit or a retainer as Mom only came to see me 2 weeks ago and the baby starts in 2 weeks but will be doing a few hours each week previous.
i charge by the hour for settling sessions. I have heard of parents getting free settling sessions and then disappearing - not worth working for free imo! You are running a business, put your business hat on
No longer childminding but I always offered 3 x 2 hours for free for settling in. Back in September I had 5 new starters all at the same time (part timers) so 30 hours of free childcare to get them all settled in - took some organising so didn't have 2 have very first session on the same day but we managed in the end. I think if I charged then some wouldn't want to do settling in sessions and imo it was very important.
I'm a nanny, but always get paid for settling in sessions. I think childminders should be the same. If I was a parent I'd except to pay for these sessions. I think those of you offering it free are very generous!