I have had a couple of mentions in the school newsletter,advertised in the parish newsletter,
I have a website and large yell advert.
I'm on the local authority list that gets sent to all parents requesting childcare information.
My poster is in the doctors and the newsagents.
What am I not doing? Where did you hear about your current childminder?
I'm at the point deciding to let go of the three days of childcare I'm committed to, because I need to cover my bills and this is the third month I won't be able to cover them and my savings are running get out
It's all about word of mouth and you happening to be free when someone needs toy change care plans. Can you team up with another local childminder who's is full and get the kids they can't accommodate?
Good luck, my childminder has just been offered a full time nursery post so is giving up soon, I only se her one day a week so am not looking forward to considering my options
Maybe try a leaflet drop? I'll be down to 2 x 4 hours a week in sept but am having a baby in July so will be glad of the peace but can't live on that for long! Have had a few enquiries but for shift workers with babies which I don't want to commit to at the moment with loads of hospital appointments, I know loads of others are struggling round here too.
Why don't you offer ad hoc care while you have free spaces? Making it clear that you may not always be available and that there may be some time restrictions (ie they would have to be there by a certain time if you are planning an outing to a playgroup).
It would give you extra money, but it would also give you the opportunity of meeting the parents first hand, so if they ever do need a CM in the future you would be the first port of call.
I have got most of my mindees from childcare.co.uk, I pay subscription and message everyone. The rest are from word of month, got a couple of enquiries but nothing came of it from leaflets under windscreen wipers of every car I saw with a car seat in. Could try leaving business cards at the desk in children's centre or local doctors. Attending classes at children's centre and letting everyone know you are a childminder also got interest but again no one actually booked.
Aside from word of mouth & childcare.co.uk I've had enquiries via: Local cm network weekly vacancies email
Chatting to a mum at the children's centre (who then tracked me down via the FIS listing)
Local CM's passing on enquiries they couldn't fulfil
Toddler group - I'm friendly with one of the nannies there ended up taking over her family when the youngest started school & they just needed wraparound
I asked the local pre-school to add my details to one of their weekly parent emails & had 2 enquires
You really need to put yourself 'out there' as much as possible to children's centre, toddler groups etc - not necessarily actively selling your services but just being a (hopefully ) nice person & good with mindees and people do & will notice although this does take time. I registered in September & had a long 2 months without any mindees but in the last 2/3 months have turned down quite a few enquiries all recommendation of one description or another.