Just had a mum on the phone about my vacancies! Yippee!
Now my dilemma - it's for TWINS who will be 2 later this year.
Trouble is I have a nearly 13 month old. And I'm rather worried about if I will cope with this. I'm not at all worried about coping at home, I'm sure I'll be fine entertaining them all, but I'm really worried about going out - at that age they can't walk far, and my ds can't walk at all!
This is the perfect job for me really, it will be enough money for me to give up my evening/weekend job so I can concentrate fully on my c/m and it will be all my under 5 vacancies full.... but will I cope?
THe other dilemma is for one day a week, I have ANOTHER one year old for 4 hours! I know I'd need to consult Ofsted but FOUR one year olds????
Am I just being stupid? I could offer her one day different to what she's asking for, therefore it wouldn't clash with my current mindee.
But that still makes it three one year olds!
She's coming to visit Wednesday (oddly enough I already know her - met once!) and I'm not entirely sure she's set on going back to work, I think she's looking at her options. But I hate to turn this down (if she offers me it of course) because mindees are like gold dust around here - this is my third call in nearly 5 months....
Has she said that it would be for full or part time, if part time you could well be able to arrange to fit the hours around your existing mindie.
To be registered for four U5's you need to write in detail to Ofsted stating why you need this variation, the names & ages of children involved, the hours when there would be 4 children & how you would manage four children. As it is four one year olds & they usually only grant this dispensation for siblings of existing mindies you might not get permission.
Is the twins mum looking for full time or part time care? If it's part time, I would take it if offered. I have had 3 one year olds on several occasions over the last few years. I currently have 2 under ones, a one and a two year old (part time). It is hard work, there's no denying the fact, but if you can be super-organised those days, it is very rewarding. You can get out with a double buggy and buggy board if necessary (but encourage walking as much as possible!). Your ds will have plenty of playmates too. Plenty of us childminders manage 3 one year olds and I'm sure you will too. You just need a large G & T at the end of each day! And remember, if you try it and find it too much, you have a settling-in period in the contract you can use, and terminate the arrangement.
RTKM - yes it would be a lot like triplets, except that if you are a mum of triplets, social services pay for you to have someone to help. I'll just have me
Katie - I don't need carseats, can't drive! Which is why buggys are more of an issue with me. She has offered me a travel cot/highchair etc if I don't have enough What I really need is a spare double buggy and set of hands