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Wona Mon 11-Apr-16 18:45:18

Would someone be able to tell me how much they pay their childminder?

I'm thinking of setting up a small (x3 children) childminding facility from my house in Southfields?

Would anyone also be able to tell me if they think working from 9.15 am-3 pm would attract parents?

I'm a primary school teacher looking for a change, I'd like to run it as a small pre school / organic food / nurturing environment

Any advice welcome, thanks in advance

Artandco Mon 11-Apr-16 18:47:17

I think I'm Southfields parents will want longer hours to cover the day's work and commute. Most I know of in that area open 7.30am-6.30/7pm

Loulou2kent Mon 11-Apr-16 18:53:46

Agree with other poster. Most parents need childcare from 7.30/8am -6/7pm if using a childminder. That's not to say you might find the odd parent that only wants school hours though, just be harder to fill vacancies I imagine.

SweepTheHalls Mon 11-Apr-16 18:55:05

Those hours would be of no use to me. My CM charges £3.50 per hour per child.

Wona Mon 11-Apr-16 19:00:26

thanks for responses so far
very useful info for me

jimijack Mon 11-Apr-16 19:03:42

£31 per day, 7am-6pm.

The hours you state would be useless I'm afraid.

Paulat2112 Mon 11-Apr-16 19:10:31

I've seen fes across the country range from £2.50 per hour to £7 per hour. I don't think those hours would be of use to most people.

nannynick Mon 11-Apr-16 19:12:23

In my area £5-6 per hour is typical. The childminder I know is most busy before and after school. That seems to be where there is most demand. It no doubt varies.

missapples Mon 11-Apr-16 19:17:28

£3.90 an hour. £1.50 for meals

LouTheMac Mon 11-Apr-16 19:18:42

I pay £4.40 ph in essex but rural location. My DS age 2 does 9am-5pm so he only has to do the school run in the afternoon. I would much rather have the flexibility to drop off earlier at 8-8.30 but it means he is going straight in school run which doesn't seem fair on him.

Not sure if this helps but I know someone who specialised in after school and school holiday care which seemed to work well for her.

Purplehonesty Mon 11-Apr-16 19:25:42

I charged £4.30 an hour when I was childminding.

And I worked 8.30-5.30 which allows parents to get to work and back plus do the 9-5

Occasionally I did 7.30-4.30

I think people who want the hours you talk about tend to use nurseries for the 'free hours' and not childminders.


BackforGood Mon 11-Apr-16 19:26:46

I can't see who your market would be there. I mean, you might hit lucky and find the younger sibling of someone working short hours in the middle of the day so they can pick older ones up from school, but I wouldn't think it would be sustainable.

Now if you wanted PT hours, then out of school hours would be the way to go "wrap around" care.

DorotheaHomeAlone Mon 11-Apr-16 19:28:47

Our south London childminder offers 8-6 with most kids doing 8.30-5.30 for £70 a day. Your hours wouldn't work for us either in attsid

sianihedgehog Mon 11-Apr-16 19:29:07

I pay £5 an hour in Brighton.

gamerwidow Mon 11-Apr-16 19:30:06

I pay £5/ hour. I can't imagine who would want school hours only childcare? Childminders tend to offer longer hours than nurseries or after/ before school clubs. My cm is open from 7-7.

alltouchedout Mon 11-Apr-16 19:32:08

£30 for a full day (available 7:30am- 7pm) or £5 an hour. I'm in South Manchester, I think the full day rate is a very competitive charge. I wouldn't be able to use childcare that started later than 7:30 and finished before 6:30.

StinkyMcgrinky Mon 11-Apr-16 19:39:43

Our CM (Leeds based) works 7.30am - 6pm and charges £35 for the day which includes all meals and trips out. We supply nappies and wipes.

I'm afraid I have to agree with PPs and say those hours wouldn't work for us. I work 9-4.30 so need to work my DSs drop off and pick up times around that.

lightgreenglass Mon 11-Apr-16 19:48:09

I pay £55 a day in SE London - 8am to 6pm.

janethegirl2 Mon 11-Apr-16 19:54:03

I needed child care from 7:15 to 18:30 if I'd chosen it locally, but when I had my dcs in child care near work I needed it 8:15 to 17:00. Guess which I chose to use?

HippyPottyMouth Mon 11-Apr-16 19:58:28

Our CM works 6.30am to 5.30pm and charges £4.25 per hour. Your hours wouldn't work for us as we need to drop DD off on the way to work and pick her up after work.

insancerre Mon 11-Apr-16 19:59:45

I run a preschool and we offer funded hours between 9 and 3 but most of our parents use us to prepare their children for school. Part of that is socialising with other children

NickNacks Mon 11-Apr-16 20:00:59

The majority of cms provide a nurturing environment, many provide organic food and all provide a learning scheme appropriate for the children in their care with activities and outings designed to teach and develop the mindees. Lots are level 3 and above qualified.

Wona Mon 11-Apr-16 20:06:39

thanks again, all useful info, best wishes to everyone!

MaybeDoctor Mon 11-Apr-16 20:13:37

I am going to stick my neck out and say that you might well attract someone who is working in a flexible/pt/freelancing type of way and just wants a few hours of care. I used to live in a fairly similar area and did look for a pt childminder or nanny share at one point. I would have been interested in what you describe.

Not everyone commutes or wants their small children in childcare for long days. You only need 3 children and your high level of qualification will go a long way in attracting parents.

The point is, it would be your own business and you can run it in any way you like.

Why not put out a taster advert/poster 'new childminding setting planned for Southfields...', say what your hours would be and invite people to get in touch if they are interested? See what response you get.

TwoWeeksInCyprus Mon 11-Apr-16 20:30:52

In London, similar type of area to Southfields/Wimbledon
Our childminder's charges are:
£10 from 8am to school drop off
£20 for school pick up to 6pm, including healthy dinner (this is the option we use)
£70 for full day, 8am-6pm

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