In the evenings do you just not want to talk "shop" at all, or would that be better as at least their mindees will have gone home?
I want to up DD's days at preschool but need wrap around CM care to cover my working hours. She's currently at nursery but I'd like to get her settled with a good CM in place now, in plenty of time for when she starts school in 2014.
I find a text easiest as i can either call if I'm free or come back to them later in the day when children are sleeping or have gone home. Just put the basics ie - 'looking for a childminder on xx days/hours please give me a call when it's convenient if you think you can help'
I find there never really is a 'beat time' so to speak! Each childminder has different mindees and can be working all sorts of times for example I currently look after two children under 2yrs and we're usually busy mornings and late afternoons so a good time for me would be during sleep time say 1-2.30pm. However you can never predict how your working day will actually turn out! If I can't answer the phone I will always respond to messages but I find it helpful if I get a text/email first which I can respond to then can arrange an appropriate time to chat on the phone!