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Please can I have some advice on payment?

(6 Posts)
PanicPants Sun 15-Jul-07 16:47:44

My poor childminders Dad has died suddenly, and so understandably she is not able to have ds. This was on Thursday, so I needed to find alternative childcare for thurs/friday, and now for the coming week.

But what do we do about payment? I've already paid her for all of last week (including the 2 days that she didn't have ds) and I'm happy to leave that as it is.

But what about this week? Whats the protocal? I will need to pay for alternative cover which I can't afford to do on top of paying my cm. It's such a delicate situation and I don't want to be crass and directly ask her at this difficult time.

Any advice greatfully received. TIA

winestein Sun 15-Jul-07 16:56:38

I have just had a look at my contract with my own childminder. It is a pre-printed NMCA one on the back of our agreement.
Section 23 says "Unforseen circumstances - when the childminding service is not available (for example a family bereavement). No fee or any other payment is due in these circumstances because the parent will need to organise alternative childcare at short notice"


PanicPants Sun 15-Jul-07 17:02:48

Thank you. Didn't think to look there! (completely stupid emoticon)


winestein Sun 15-Jul-07 17:14:07

No probs!

dmo Mon 16-Jul-07 13:26:16

i'm a cm and i would when i got back to work organise with you to be 2 days in credit as you had paid for thurs/fri
you wont be expected to pay but i wouldnt expect her to explan to you about payment details at this sad time

ayla99 Mon 16-Jul-07 14:26:16

When I closed for my Dad's funeral I deducted the fees for that day from the following bills.

Although its more usual to give a refund for this sort of situation, I believe some childminders have between 1 and 3 days a year "compassionate leave" mentioned in their contracts.

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