if she has to take time off for personal reasons i dont think you should pay. my cm did not charge me when her baby had a rash and so was unsure my baby and me should have contact. it is an inconvenience to you so why should you pay? if this is the case i would seriously look elsewhere.
C/M charge for when they are available for work (holidays are a different agreement sometimes) and I don't know any cm who would charge for when they are off sick! I would double check your contract and see what it states about time off sick.
Yep, she's ripping you off. I wouldn't pay a CM when he/she is unavailable for work for whatever reason. I would, however, expect to pay if it was I who was not available to come to the childminder (holiday, illness, etc.)
Our previous CM was paid when she was sick or on holiday (up to a specified maximum days per year) but had a slightly lower basic hourly rate to make up for this. This is fine as long as it is in your contract and you know in advance.
A Childminder is a self employed business person and can set whatever terms and conditions they want to perfectly legally - sick pay, holiday pay, pay for xmas day, whatever - but that doesn't mean you have to agree to it though, or sign a contract with those terms does it?
SO yes - if you signed to pay in these circumstances, then yes you have to pay as you signed a legally binding contract.
If that is the case, make sure you read it in future before signing!
If it is not, then it cannot be enforced so tell her you won't be paying, she can't do anything about it - apart from give notice I suppose if she is pissed at you!
I do not charge for sick days, but do charge for holidays... eg: if I have a child 3 times a week they pay 6 days holiday pay to me annually. If they come to me once a week, they pay me 2 days holiday pay annually. Bank holidays are half pay.
Childminders are self employed and have their own contracts, and it's up to them what they charge... I do feel it's good practice to be flexible and negotiate with the parents.
i echo what fadge says (shouts!!) if you disagree with whats in your contract then dont sign it!
tomwill "she's a greedy lady taking advantage of working parents." ????? huh? taking advantage? working parents? so the cm isnt working then? more than likely also a working parent????!!! childcare is a just a doddle,we cms should maybe consider doing it free??!!!!