Just a quicky while I have my hands free and baby behaving himself.........I've lurked more than posted recently (due to ds2) and have noticed a few people turning people away and then a week or few weeks later, ended up with a vacancy and wishing they hadn't said they were full. This happened to me a long time ago when a long term mindee gave notice and I'd turned down several calls as couldn't see her leaving. Well, the family decided to move their dd to private school when she was old enough so I lost her totally unexpected. She came back for a short while when they then moved to the coast and were in limbo between schools.
Sooooo, what I'm trying to say is it can happen to ANYONE at ANYTIME and I highly recommend EVERYONE has a waiting list.
I always explain on the phone that I'm full, they should keep looking elsewhere etc. but that I'll contact them should my situation change. I have a very simple spreadsheet with details so I can get calling/emailing if someone leaves. It could just be a notepad where you jot details down.
Anyway, that's it. Just felt sad for the poor people who are loosing people and struggling and just wanted to suggest this for the future as it's definitely worth having. Also, looks good when you say you have a waiting list
Good luck to all those with vacancies and hope you are soon full again.
I know, that does happen a lot but I have had times where the timing has worked out and I think it's worth it JUST IN CASE I'm getting loads of calls atm although I'm showing no vacancies for under 5's. I've taken all details should any of my mindees not come back after maternity leave for any reason.