Ds is due to start at a CM in 3 weeks, and I go back to work in 4 weeks. Everything was set up and contracts signed months ago. We agreed that I would get in touch nearer the time to organise a few settling in days in the weeks leading up to formal start.
But - I have been trying to get hold of the CM for the last 4 weeks without success. No response to answer machine messages, I've even gone round to the house and no answer. I had been assuming she was on holiday, then getting a little puzzled about the length of time, but foolishly mentioned it to my boss because I can't now do a keep in touch day at work (no CM!) and she is amazed I'm not panicking and finding someone else.
If you have signed contracts well i would imagine she has to honour it,although it does sound as if she is trying to avoid you. I would probably start looking for a new one to be honest if she is this unrelable before she starts do you really want to use her?
Do you really want to leave your child with someone who can't even respond to an answerphone message? Write her a letter and pput it through the door saying that if you haven't heard from her about settling in routine by x date your contract will be null and void. What does she think she's playing at?
Just to say that I received an email recently letting me know of 'bogus' parents. They go as far as signing the contracts get everything set up, then disappear!!! We have been told that they think the parents what OFSTED numbers to try and claim beneifits - BE VERY CAREFUL!!
Thanks hellybell, I think I have to start looking elsewhere, but will hold off committing as long as I can and still keep trying to track her down, and then I just have to see what's been going on. It hopefully won't be an issue as I haven't claimed any benefits - haven't even sorted out my learning vouchers yet!
My first thought is it I cant get in touch with the childminder for 4 weeks leaving messages etc would I then be confident in leaving my DS/DD with her?! my answer would be NO! This lady knows when your starting work and knows that your child would need settling in days starting from now so if she was going on an extended holiday had family comitments she sould of at least sent you aletter explaining - What happens in a few weeks if you find her and sort things out and you try and drop your child off but no answer I would be seriously looking for someone else a tad more reliable!