So i use a childminder who im really happy with but they do have alot of sick days. I get 30 hours free funding. My question is does she still get paid my free funding when having all these sick days. Im having to have unpaid time off work but is she still getting paid?
I would be offering you another day. No one on here can tell you what funding she's claiming. Only your cm and the LA will know. Why don't you ask if she can make up your funded hours another time? She might. It be able to, but it's worth asking.
Yes she should be making it up to you another time or not claiming it. The council will pay it regardless but she can tell them she only worked x hours instead of y and the funding will be adjusted. She may be doing that (but she may not too). Ask her!!
If I have to close due to sickness I offer a choice of days (within reason) that the family can choose to make up the hours. Occasional sickness in my local authority doesn't automatically mean money paid back to them if the family choose not to make up the hours. Recently my daughter was very poorly and I couldn't offer the family alternative hours. I contacted the LA and advised I was claiming less hours for the new term (although still working them) to make up for the shortfall from last term. Your childminder may well have done the same.
Assuming its lots of little days here & there & not one chunk of genuine but prolonged sickness, I'd be looking elsewhere. I had 1 day off sick last year, none the previous 2 Years, but did need a whole week when my youngest had chicken pox a few years back. This is normal, lots of days off is not although if she's getting paid for them then maybe she's taking the piss!
I had 3 days off last year , which was due to parents bringing Sick kids ( after telling them not to) if funded I do offer other days if possible . It does make you mad though when the only reason one has to shut downand lose money is due to sick children coming into the setting when they should be cared for at home . Before last year I worked 6 years without a day off . Very unusually for childminders to be taking lots of sick days though!
Indybindy......its terrible how thoughtless some parents are I know some cm's are now charging sick days if they have been infected by a child after telling parents x is unwell and them ignoring the advice putting it down to over eating, teething, travel sick etc. My husband was due a serious op after Christmas I asked all parents to keep children off if they were unwell as it couldn't get cancelled again, one had been off work with stomach flu yet lo's bad nappies were not the same thing sure enough 3 others went down with stomach flu infecting their families over Christmas because Lo had been in my house for half a day, my husband just recovered 2 days before his op. I've now told this family that it will be immediate termination if he comes ill again.