just wondering, do you start paying less per day when kids are in full time school (and child minder just dropping off and picking up and having them for a couple of hours after school. I would understand in some ways if it stayed the same as minder will still have them all day in holidays so the space needs to be kept but obviously it is easier for them to just have them part of the day than all the day most days so do we get a reduction? I'd like to know what is normal before broaching it with her.
I would expect not to pay for school hours. Unless you expect her to be on call so she cant sell your space. However it is up to the childminder, if she can only get another mindee who want all days then you may have to choose between paying or looking elsewhere. Cms can make up their own rules and policies so its probably better to ask her
Those of you who only charge before and after school - are you on the school's list of contact numbers? If a child has an injury or is unwell and needs picking up during the day what happens? Would you prefer the school to phone parents first and then the parents contact you if they need you to collect or do you expect the school to phone you first and you deal with it?
elling - its all about spaces. Cms can only look after so many chidren, if you commit to collecting one from school it could happen any time so you would not be able to look after another child as if you got the call you would be over your allowed numbers. For kids who go to nursery for a couple of hours in the day its common to pay either half or full price depending on the cm. You are unlikely to be able to sell that 2 hour space so then you can be the emergency contact without a problem.
I have had a little girl at nursery 2.5 hours each day and mum pays usual price (so sickness, hol etc. are covered), I am very flexible with her time-wise as she's often very late... I also have them earlier (siblings) since she started nursery. So we met half way. Tbh it isn't financially possible for me to have a gap in my day that isn't paid for, this is my living.
But it's up to the CM and parent as to what they arrange, there is no standard answer.
I don't charge when the child is at school, because they are only taking up the place of another school child ... who would ... er ... be at school! I could not replace them with a full time younger child, because I would be over my registered numbers.