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Teacher to childminder

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massagegirl Sat 24-Jan-15 08:58:55

Just asking for some advice, planning for the near future. I'm a qualified early years teacher and have specialism in children 0-5 with special needs, I'm trained in first aid, sing and sign, makaton, sensory play etc. I'm based in London. I'd just like you to tell me how much you might pay per hour for a childminder who has some additional qualifications, or would it make no difference to you? Thank you.

HSMMaCM Sat 24-Jan-15 09:23:08

I am an EYT and charge about the same as other CMs in my area. The benefit to me is it's easier to fill my vacancies. Not in London, Berkshire at £60 per day. That's about the same as nurseries in this area.

clam Sat 24-Jan-15 09:37:09

I think I'd expect to pay more, but I have no experience in the matter. Is there a legal cap on fees, and is it "allowed" to charge people whose DCs with SN more? Or is it a case of market forces?

Sorry, not much help.

Maryann1975 Sat 24-Jan-15 13:32:05

As childminders are self employed we are allowed to set our own fees, there is no cap on them, other than how much parents are willing to pay for the service. I'm not sure about SN though.
I imagine some parents would be willing to pay more for a higher qualified childminder, some wouldn't. The same as most services really.
I'm a childminder (have a level 3 childcare qualification) and find that a lot of parents aren't bothered what qualifications I have. They want to know the range of activities I offer and what outings I do, what kind of meals I provide, how i structure the day. I also think how well they take to me and my family, how much they like us as people counts for a lot. I could have all the qualifications in the world, but if they don't warm to me, they won't leave their baby with me.

Starlightbright1 Sat 24-Jan-15 13:44:19

As a child minder not a lot of difference. I am a qualified SN nurse...However other than I have had more enquired from nurses and a couple as there were concerns there could be some SN's ..I don't think it makes a difference.

Childminders in my experience they tend to base on what you do and how happy the children are where more parents seems to consider the academics of school.

massagegirl Sat 24-Jan-15 20:19:42

Thank you. My little girl is with a childminder and I agree I'm more concerned that she's happy and loved than anything else. Thanks for your responses.

BlinkingHeck Sun 25-Jan-15 16:15:42

I don't think you could necessarily charge more. CM's in your who are already established will usually attract customers due to the fact they are established and experienced and known in the area. It can be notoriously difficult to get customers. I registered in the November and didn't get my first customers until the following June. If I had charged more than the existing CM's it might have taken longer. I went with the top rate in the area though.

Also being qualified doesn't always mean you are better at the job. Parents tend to go with gut instinct from their meeting with you rather than choose you because you have a degree.

Frusso Sun 25-Jan-15 16:25:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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