Hello, I'm a fairly new childminder and think I might have messed up a bit. A lady came to see me with her DS at the end of August about a place she would need mid-October. She came back a few days later with her mother, sister and DH. Said as she was leaving that she'd have a think and get back to me, although she seemed very keen. 10 days have now passed, and I've heard nothing. I have been visited now by another mum who wants me to take her baby from this week. Two things - I forgot to mention to the original mum about the possibility of someone else approaching me between now and October and the necessity of paying me a retainer if she was sure she wanted the space to keep it open. And I don't have her number as her calls show up as 'withheld.'
I don't want her to be relying on me and me then letting her down by taking on someone else.
Help! Is a gap of 10 days enough to assume that you're not wanted?
Do not turn down this newer child, the other parents may come back in a few days/weeks and say they DO want you, but the lack of good comminication is not a good sign, so take on this other child and 'if' the other parent does come back you could just say you assumed she had not made her mind up/changed her mind?
You could ring her and ask? leting her know about retainer, but TBH if my child was due to start next month id have got my finger out a lot quicker!.
definatly take on the one who wants to start asap, dont dither, you have someone waiting to start and one you have no idea about, no brainer really, 'if' other parent ever does ring back, like i say just tell them you assumed they had decided against it and had no means to contact them to find out otherwise!..good luck chick..hope it goes well
I agree: take on the one who definitely wants you. If you wait for the first woman to come back to you, you could be waiting forever. She was supposed to get back to you and she has not done so, and the result is that she has lost the place. Not telling her about a retainer does not mean that you made a mistake. If she really wanted you, she should have done something about it sooner.
Remember that you are running a business (something I have to remind myself over and over again!) Good luck!
I've learnt some lessons the hard way since becoming a cm. I now always take a phone number and have a sheet I fill out for every parent I may meet with - eg child DOB, hours needs etc. I also make sure I take a phone number and name for any parent that may phone me with work. Even if I can't take it on (I tell them this), things can change over night and I might be in need of that possible job!