Have just done contracts with a new mum and she is a teacher. Have charged half fees during holidays which is pretty standard round here.
She has mentioned me having mindee for odd days during hols.
How does that work? I was under the impression that parents paid the retainer fee to simply hold the space until they return. I don't think i'd really want to be trying to plan stuff for other mindees and then getting a phone call asking me to have her lo without much notice.
Do i have to give her childcare to the value of the half retainer fee? As i am having half fees it's lost revenue and i thought i'd get the hols off to compensate
Hmm.. I have not done this before but I think I would suggest the parent can use me one fixed day a week so you can be organised, I'm thinking half weeks fees and a full day would be roughly the same??
I think that would be a good compromise. You would still have most of hols, and mum would have a fixed day throughout the hols held open for her to use at her discretion.
I am soft tho and someone else may well come along who would do it totally differently!
Insist you can only offer full days as you put groups needs first and don't want to be tied to the house. Do the fees work out to one day? Two days? At normal rate?
Don't wait and see what she says, offer her what is acceptable to you. If you wait until she asks you, you will do what I do, go all daft and say "yes of course no problem" (whilst hating yourself for being too soft)!
Lol yes i am a bit soft. Yes i think i will offer her 1 full day. My friend charges the same as me and isn't expected to have the mindee over the hols at all. She said to charge the retainer fee plus the normal hourly rate for any hours she wants to use.
That's what other minders round here do apparently
You sound as if you want to have your cake & eat it. If you charge her at all in the holidays then she is entitled to use your services to that value. Obviously it is up to you to agree with her how that care is organised i.e. full days only etc
I charge 1/2 fee retainer in holidays. As parent is paying to retain the place for their use, it can't be used for anyone else unless they've said they don't need it. You should be available during the whole of the retained time period as thats what the parent is paying for - you to reserve the place for their child. But its sensible to include in your contracts a minimum notice period, like alibubbles has 48 hours. I've got 7 days stated in my contracts to give me time to reorganise outings etc.
I give each parent a booking form prior to each holiday - if they want to book the place they enclose payment to top up the retainer fee to full fees for the booked time period (and they still pay retainer fee for any remaining retained time). If they have indicated they don't want the place then I can book the place out to another family. In which case only the family using the place is charged.