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Im a childminding whos going to close help please

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mushumadness Mon 27-Jul-09 11:05:38


Im a childminder whos closing due to maternity leave in November

Im starting to reduce my toys, ncma document s etc
I just dont know how to downsize or where to do it.

any advice appreciated


Lifeinagoldfishbowl Mon 27-Jul-09 11:08:13

Will you be going back to childminding after mat leave?

mushumadness Mon 27-Jul-09 11:17:56

as I will have two children of my own under two Im just going to get a part time job

thesilverlining Mon 27-Jul-09 12:38:45

mushyumadness - why not go back to CM after? I haven#'t yet found a PT job that pays as well or is as fun as working for yourself......

Make sure you keep accounts and contracts for 7 years (it may be 5 I can't remember but 7 is a safe bet!) I put everything up into the loft when I took mat leave

I didn't think I was going back to it as H and I decided I would be a SAHM once the 2nd was born but then he went and left me with a 10 month old and boy am I glad I kept all my CM stuff in the loft!

Not impklying this will happen to you AT ALL bnut just saying don't get rid of too much store everything you can - cos you never know how you'll feel in 9-12 months - you may not want to go "out" to work in the eves with new baba

thesilverlining Mon 27-Jul-09 12:39:58

forgot to say its to do with data protection and auditing from Inland rev why you must keep accounts and contracts oh and also registers and accident book - you can be sued at any time in the furture for past events and its always safer to keep hold of important docs like that

Katymac Mon 27-Jul-09 12:47:38

I think anything pertaining to children must be kept 21 years and some months (must check EYFS)

mushumadness Mon 27-Jul-09 13:53:03

im keeping everything from my ncma books

unfortuantly childminding has died a death in my area, and Im only working 8 hours a week as it is

underpaidandoverworked Mon 27-Jul-09 14:23:53

Same here, no business unless you are prepared to work for next to nothing - which I'm not. 2 years ago I was working a 40hr wk, now down to 12 - can't live off that, hence I've found a job.

I'm going to have a giant carboot sale with my toys when I finish - won't get what I paid for them but at least my house will be a home - and my son can have his playroom back for his own toys etc smile.

Paperwork will be put in the loft - as Katy said, its 21yrs for childrens records, but only 7 for financial records.

Quavers2004 Tue 28-Jul-09 17:51:52

yes it is 21 years for child records.

AvadaKedavra Tue 28-Jul-09 19:56:21

21yrs 6 months I think it is yes.

mushumadness Thu 30-Jul-09 10:17:58

thanks for all the help

managed to start selling on netmums so fingers crossed

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