Ok I have had to give 4 weeks notice to a baby I mind and the mother (quite with in her rights) has asked for it in writing so that she can take it into her employer to request her hours be cut down. I have drafted a letter but I don't know if it sounds right. there are two factors to consider firstly the mum was v upset when I told her I couldn't mind for her anymore and secondly that it needs to be fairly formally can I have your ideas re the following
Please accept this letter as the start of my four weeks notice to terminate our contract.
Unfortunately due to personal circumstances I will be unable to care for *** after the 27th May 2005
*** has been a delight to look after and we will miss him very much.
All the best with your work and childcare arrangements in the future
Yes I have already given her that but she was really scared of leaving him at all, I think she will need a couple of days to sort herself out.
I didn't want to include it in the letter as her employer might try to persude her to look into different childcare first. (which I think she should) But I don't want to make things harder for her. I think that it won't help her really to cut her hours because if she is going to leave him even for a few hours then she needs to be comfortable.
I feel really terrible about the situation.
I'm pg and I thought it would work out fine but i've already been admitted to hospital once with bleeding and carrying 2 babies up a flight of stairs to the playgroup each day can't be helping. I am going to pay someone for the next 2 weeks to look after my baby while I do the playgroup run but I can't afford that long term.
I'm not a childminder, but I am an employer - the letter is fine, and is just right in terms of keeping it short and to the point. I'm sorry about your situation, but I think that you're doing the right thing.