I have found a great childminder who has asked for a retainer fee. Thats fine but we want the space from mid November - about 12 weeks away. The fee is half the expected weekly fee. This seems quite alot of money if I paid it for the next 12 weeks. What would be a reasonable amount of time to pay the retainer fee for ? Thanks
The childminder is holding the space for you for 12 weeks and getting 50% of what that space costs. She could take on a child next week and get 100% of the money - so in a way she is out of pocket by 50%.
Thanks for that. It all makes sense now. She says she has been getting lots of enquiries, so am a bit nervous if I leave it too long I will lose the place. It's only one morning a week so she could find a much better earner I am sure. Ds is nearly one and will probably need a fair bit of settling in - in fact I'll probably need just as much as him as hardly ever leave him Cheers