you can either charge her to keep the place open at approx half rate can't remember exact guidance it tells you on back of contract if you use ncma ones if the space is available and you will effectively loose that money till the child starts or ask her to call back nearer the time but know that you may not have space
I always say that I'm happy to put their name down to sort of pencil them in but then if someone calls wanting the space, I'll phone them and ask if they want to secure it or not. If they do, I'd deffo charge a retainer as can't afford to loose money but if they pay a retainer, you have to allow them to use the space when they want (as long as you're open of course) but then they pay full fee for that day/those hours.
I've never had to charge one but I WOULD if someone else would have taken the space earlier. It may sound a lot BUT it's still also HALF the amount you could have been getting if someone took the space straight away. That's why I don't charge unless someone else contacts me as then I'm not loosing money iyswim. It's business and I'm afraid I NEED the money. Would not make good business sense to charge a tiny amount I'm afraid. It's up to the person if they actually pay it or not but you imagine if they ended up not wanting it and you lost loads of money for nothing
I would charge half rate. They can use any of the days they are paying half rate for and top it up to a full day. They can start earlier than agreed if they like, because the place is already theirs. However ... I would not want them to start later (because half rate could go on forever).
If the start date is a short time away, or I do not have space until their start date, then I would charge a months deposit, to be refunded against their first invoice.
I took looneytunes advice, i have a lo starting end of september, i have held the place with a months deposit, on the understanding that if someone requests a place before that time then i will request a retainer from them, if they dont want to pay that retainer i will cancel their place (take on the other person) and return their deposit
well I did phone her back and she wanted one hour (!). I explained that I would have to charge for the whole session as I can't fill the place otherwise. She said I was too expensive, I think she might have a hard time finding a childminder for one hour a day.