I'm owed a lot of money by a parent of a mindee but she left 1 wk afer she moved into her new flat and I could never pin her down for long enough to get her new address. I'm actually lucky she was here long enought to sign the contract - she even had other peoplecollect the child to avoid giving me the details!
Any idea's how I can race her? tried uktrace and 192.com but no joy
I have her previous address (rented) DOB and even her NI number, any ideas, anyone.....?
gogle elecral role then do a search, pt her name in and t should be on there but yu will have o pay a charge (no idea how much it is) so sorry things havent improved for you! Have you got any emergency contacts you could ring instead?
I've been calling her previous home address land line to try and get her landords name and number but no-one's picking up. I have called her employer but the girl I spoke to said due to DPA she couldn't give her info - will try them again on Monday, the prob is I'm not sure if she still works there, the last contact I had with mother she said "this workin and looking after son was all to much hard work" and she was thinking about just giving it all up and living on benefits!!! don't get me started!!
I have mindee's nanny (who is fathers mum) name, address and phone. but can't see her giving the info.
Called the father on Fri and he point blank refused to tell me her new address (they slpit up a while ago) - claimed he doesn't know it! Don't believe for 1 second that he doesn't know where his son lives.
Also have mothers best friends number and address but again. I can't see her giving me the info I need.
We generally take money up front - but there is nothing to stop a parent getting to the end of the pay period (for me the working day before 1st of the month when the next money is due) & saying thanks - I'm off.....notice period? you must be joking
How about a deposit, then payment up front? ds's school does this, if a parent doesn't give notice or just removes their child then they loose the deposit. If they do things correctly then the deposit is deducted from the last terms fees.
TBH - most C/Mers have enough trouble getting a month up front, remember most parents are returning to work having used all their maternity pay. Or are moving from another childminder where they had to pay the last bill, so they don't have a spare months childcare money hanging around.
I don't think there is an easy solution
There is a possibility that enough childminder will leave with the introduction of EYFS, that the ones that are left will be able to dictate terms, however I don't necessarily think that is a good thing
I know they are right HMO1 and thats exactly what they did for me with my letter to her terminating the contract and my invoice for the moneys owed. But the solicitors appointed to my case by the NCMA sent a pack to me with a letter specificaly stating that I have to provide them with the person who signed te contract's full CURRENT address, which mindee's mother told me she didn't know off by heart, having just moved, and me being the trusting mug that I am believed her, but I olny had mindee for 3 days after that! Hence the need to track her down and get her address or I can pretty much say goodbye to the 1k she owes me. which I have to say at the moment I really need it!!
If she's been claiming working tax credit and getting the childcare element but keeping it can't you have a chat to the Inland Revenue? I'm not sure about this but as this money should have been for childcare can't they take it out of her benefit and give it to you?
When I was going to use a cm for ds she wanted me to pay 2 months in advance. sort of like the opposite of when you start a new job and you work a month in hand. it sounded very complicated to me, cos a lot can change in 2 months and if i ended up increasing/reducing days it would mean i owed her money/she owed me money etc. Perhaps this is standard practice though? I didn't need a cm in the end so never saw any others.
AL have already reported her for BF and yes they recover the money from her but they can't just give it to me, I have to go throuh the correct legal chanels to recover whats owed i.e. solicitors - who need her address!
I have actually considered that but I'm not sure she's still working at all - said she was thinking of giving up work and living on benefits. Also not sure how much it would cost, and between the odd legal cost and PI I probably wouldn't get much back after all the expenses would I?
Wouldn't this be an expense that you have incured trying to locate her, therefore she's liable for it?
You could always write a letter and send it to her mum stating that if you do not hear from her within 7 days then you will be hiring someone to locate her, the cost of which shall be added onto the money she owes you?
Or. You could be really naughty and ask a fellow cm to phone her mum, pretending to be an old friend that has lost touch. Did she tell you any personal details?