good to know Mo, I asked one of the childminders at playgroup and she looked absolutly horrified and said no body would do that. will be working shifts, but then lot of people must work shifts. putting the dc in childcare is going to be the hardest bit of this for me after being at home with them for 5 years.
What sort of shifts? Are there other people on the opposite shift that might need care too?
Realistically, if I can earn for 50 hours a week & you want 15 spread over that period I am likely to charge a retainer but if you want 35 or 40 then I am much less likely to want a retainer - but you must accept I could lose 10-15 hrs a week by having your child (which is a more realistic option than losing 35 hrs)
Unfortunately a lot of childminders use their money to pay the bills so must maximise their income
Talk to the college, they must come across this problem time and again, so may well know of childminders (and other care providers) who would consider being of help to you. If you are doing Nursing, then your local NHS Trust may have in place a Childcare Coordinator who may be able to assist (though not sure if they only help employees, or if that extends to students on placement).
Thanks, I will ask if there is a child care coordinator, I am trying to have every thing in place in my head so i do not seem at all negative if I get to interview stage, I am hoping to do midwifery and the competition to get on the course is a bit fierce so i do not want to seem like I would be a problem because of childcare iyswim.
I would say it a possible, but as everybody says, it just depends on the CMs in your area.
I am very flexiable (but no where near you) as I am a new CM and just need to get going and I am in the process of talking to somebody who works shift work who wants me to start at 7am and do different days each week. This is ok for me as the children are older anyway so won't make drastic difference to my numbers.
I'm a new CM and this is exactly the reason I went into it. Unfortunately nowhere near you but I offer whatever the parent wants basically, obviously within reason. I'm at home with my 17 month old so anything that fits around her suits me!
My CM looks after one of her charges on a really ad hoc basis - her mum works freelance so works different hours every week. But I know they had a relationship which was a bit more formal before that - is that something you could do to build the relationship?