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Childminders - will I have to pay a retainer during the school holidays?

(7 Posts)
SpinningEm Thu 28-Aug-08 10:27:09

I realise that my childminder has to charge me for my daughter whilst she's at pre-school to retain her space for that day but as my new job is in a school & I won't need childcare during the school holidays - do childminders generally charge a retainer fee for the holidays?

GordonTheGopher Thu 28-Aug-08 10:31:25

Depends on the cm - I think most cm's treat teachers / those who work term-time only differently to other parents.

In theory some cms would charge you all year round, but if I was taking a child of a teacher I'd charge half-rate for the holidays.

You won't get away with paying nothing during holidays - as it's still an under-five space, unless you find a very special cm!

Once your child is in full-time school I think most cms don't charge during holidays.

hana Thu 28-Aug-08 10:35:22

I have a term time contract only with my cm as she wants that time (summer, half terms etc) with her own children. works out well for us. I only pay for the 40 or so weeks during the school year. My kids aren't yet school age that she looks after.

serenity Thu 28-Aug-08 10:46:33

Some do, some don't. My BF who CMs doesn't because she prefers termtime only mindees, and it's a bit unfair to charge someone for a 'place' she actually doesn't want to fill smile

ThePrisoner Thu 28-Aug-08 20:52:23

I offer term-time-only contracts and do not charge anything during school holidays as a retainer, both for under and over 5s. I currently have 3 families who take advantage of this (mums are teachers).

I tend to take on more ad hoc work during the school holidays, which can often be schoolchildren.

Berryred Thu 28-Aug-08 21:45:34

I have term time only contracts and don't charge


SpinningEm Fri 29-Aug-08 20:38:01

Thanks guys this has really helped!

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