I have thought about taking mindees in with me and I did the first day as I only had 1 mindee but now I've got 6mth old mindee who sleeps on the school run but I dont think I could carry him and 17mth old and handle dd2 who is tired and fractious at the end of the day when I'm collecting.
there are steps which 17mth old can't manage so i would have to carry him too and he weighs over 2 and a half stone and I'd probably wake the baby, this would leave me with no hands left to carry dd's lunchbox and get her coat on, I do think it's madness nursery won't either bring dd out with the lady on the gate or let me pop my head round the door from outside.
some the mums and cm's seem to know each other so will watch each other kids but dd is new and I don't know anyone and even if i did they are not my children but they are my responsibility i find the nurseries attitude a bit shocking tbh
OK, I'm with you now, read the other thread. Yes, they are being a bit unreasonable, since a large number of children probably have siblings in buggies!
I don't know the answer though. I think either, you'll have to try to manage with one pair of hands and 3 or 4 children and a lunch box or try to make friends with someone, quick smart, who can nip in to get DD for you, whilst you wait outside with the mindees. Not ideal though, because she's your baby and you want to meet her at the door.
Our schools and preschools have the same rule to keep fire exits clear. Have carried 2 under-fives into our preschool, so understand how difficult it is. Especially when they come out with the half set jellies and other stuff they can't carry.
I considered asking the preschool to bring my mindee to the door for me, but I didn't think that would be good for mindee to be treated differently from the others. So just struggled on, with help from other parents with helping with coat, gloves etc.
If parent collects on another day I'd leave wet paintings etc for them to collect another day. If dd needs help with her coat, ask the nursery staff to help her as you don't have a hand free. If there's stuff dd can't carry, ask whichever parent is nearest if they could please carry stuff out to your buggy for you.
Its a real pia, but look on the bright side - every parent there knew I was a childminder. And having seen how conscientious I was, its me parents called, not the cm who left mindees bewildered and crying outside.
today I spoke to them again, 3 different members of staff and in the end they agreed they would bring dd out to me.
Dd2 however has come home saying the lady upset her and the lady hit her on the leg (then later said lady hit her on the arm) she has no marks on her and has come home a bit off colour and shattered.I'm considering pulling her out, she's off until friday now so I'll have a think about it and chat to dp, if i pull her out it will either be until Jan when she can do mornings or I'll send her to a different nursery now that will have her in the mornings as I think nursery and missing her nap are a bit much.
I feel the nursery could have done more to reassure me and accomodate me.