Thanks for your welcomes! I have been childminding for 14 years, and yes, I am very busy! I have 11 children on my register at the moment - ranging from 12 years down to 5 weeks! The 12 year old will be leaving this Summer, and moving up to secondary school after 11.5 years with me! She will be sorely missed. In between are ages 9 weeks, 15m, 2 x 2y, 3y, 4y, 5y, 7y, &10y (all been to me since 3-6m). They are (almost) all teachers children, so I have school holidays off! I live in West Sussex.
Wow - you have lots too! It's a great job, isn't it. You are brave to fill your holidays up too. I'm afraid I am lazy then. How long have you been a CM? I read about you interview earlier. Sounds very positive that they left the older child with you already. Good luck with it.
I'm sure there must be quite a demand for holiday care. It's probably quite fun - especially if you don't have to try and cater for under 5's aswell. It's always harder with a wide age range to keep everyone happy! I've just been watching the parenting programme on ITV. Did you see it? Scary!
Hi blodwen! Welcome to MN! I'm a childminder from sunny(!) Glasgow! I only c/m part-time, I've got young 'uns myself and they are still a lot of work by themselves! So part-time suits me (but not my wallet).
That's great that you've had your mindees for so long - you must be doing something right!
If you ever get the time, could you give us "newies" some pearls of wisdom you've gained over the years.Eg. dealing with late parents, kids you take on that don't get along with your own, how to fill vacancies.........Any advice would be welcome!