Hi just wanted to know what other parents and CM's do. My DD is going to pre-school 3 mornings a week. I am taking her and CM is t collecting her. I was planning to pay CM as normal because she's fab and I didn't think she should loose out because I'm choosing to send DD to pre-school. I'm a teacher and CM works for me term time only, which is good for her, for ratios over the holidays. Over the summer holidays she owed me a couple of days for time she'd had off, she then told me she had a new child starting full time in September and had applied for variation for her ratios from OFSTED for the afternoons when she collects DD from pre-school.
Sorry rather long winded but do I pay CM as normal or negociate a lower rate for the 12 hours she's at pre-school.
If the variation is only for the afternoons, then she is not available to have your DD in the mornings. I normally charge for children when they are at pre school, but I did have one on a variation for afternoons and I just charged for the afternoons. I made it clear to her parents that I would not be able to have her in the mornings at all.
I agree with HSMM, if the pre-school shut for any reason or the holidays differ she is no longer available to have your child. Did she not offer you the chance to keep the place by paying full fee, if not then you don't have to pay for the morning as you are the person on call for your child not the cm.
If I drop off at pre-school and collect I charge full fee.
If I just pick up I charge from when I collect on the clear understanding that I will not cover if the child is ill or the nursery closed (this has happened a few times and I have refused care each time) sounds harsh but I fill the space with another mindee and I explained fully the implications beforehand so they made a considered choice.