I go back to work in a week. I have one dd with a childminder i am very happy with. i am in the process of settling dd2 with her as well. the CM just rang to say she was asking ofsted to allow her to have four children under five and i need to be prepared for them saying 'no' - though she'd be surprised if they did.
Putting aside my horror of learning this could be a problem does anyone know how flexible ofsted are in these circumstances?
I am trying not to panic...but no childcare for dd2. dropping both children at different places. no time to settle dd2 and having her seperated from dd1 is exactly what i didn't want/don't need.
do i need to ring work and warn them that i might not be able to start back or do i hope ofsted say yes in the next seven days (cm is filling in form today)?
why has she left it so late? why didn't she flag it up before now? etc etc. trying to be calm but this is all i need to be thrown into an already difficult work situation.
it would be for two days a week and until next sept when hopefully dd1 will go to nursery.
if i ring work and say i have childcare problems i'll look like a flake. but i have to ring them this time next week i'll look worse. aaaaaaaaargh. i can't believe there is a chance she won't be able to take dd2 after all (we've been talking about it for around six months!) and she tells me now.
Depending on how your cm is sending the request. She can scan her letter and email it with her signature - that would speed things up. As for Ofsted making their decision. There isn't a time line. They may want to visit your cm and then make their decision Also having 4 under 5's can be a safety issue when out n about etc. Ofsted will look at this. I know of a cm who requested a variation and it came through within 3 weeks. She had to give her reasons as to why she needed the variation/along with how she will accommodate the extra child - carseat, highchair, toys, road safety and the ages of the other children she cares for and the timetable of when she has them.
I don't understand why your cm didn't get her variation in order sooner.
something like that happened to me, ended up using 3 nurseries and 2 other people in 1-2 months time span. Now glad I haven't got them at that cm, Ofsted may have approved but 4 little ones and several older ones being looked after by 1 person only,...no thanks!
well it seems last time she got a variation it pretty much came by return post but things have changed.
i think she'll be ok with the four. very keen to keep dd1 and dd2 together.
she is a very good childminder - but she's been caught out and she's left me in the lurch and no mistake.
i just hope ofsted say 'yes'. if they say no i'm back to square one for both of them which will be messy and i do want to keep them together. I guess i'll have to go down nanny route. which i can't afford and don't want cos i prefer cms.
On this occassion might it be worth offering to get form off her and email it yourself? I know its her responsibility really, but so irritating that you are going to now sit around waiting for the post to be delivered. grr.