I am thinking of becoming a child minder,but I dont want it to get in the way of my own children. Is there a call for childminders term time only? Or maybe a minder for when regular minders go on holiday?
Tell me what you think
All of the childminders I know mind all year. Unless you are luckily enough to look after teacher's children I do not see how it could work (but maybe in other areas it does). Maybe you could offer to cover for other childminders but again all of the ones I know take their holidays in the school holidays cos that is when their children are off too.
I have been minding term time only for 14 years! It was great when my son was little (he was 5 when I started), and I could devote holiday times to him. Now he's grown up it's still great as I love the time to do other things. All but one of my mindees are teachers children. The one that isn't comes to me 2 days a week and another cm 3 days (mum started off working part-time and when full time job came up I had no vacancies). The other cm quite happy to have him in school holidays. Before this, they managed with family members. Obviously best with teachers children though. I have never had a problem filling my spaces. In fact I can't remember the last time I had a space, and will not have one for the forseeable future! Good luck.
Although I mind full time three of my minded children are teachers children which makes it a lot easier for the school holidays. Also minders do not neccessarily taker all their holidays in the school holidays as either they don't have children of their own or their children have grown up so being able to offer holiday cover is useful, but you would need to get to know the other local minders so that they know you & will ask you if they need cover either for holidays or odd days off etc. Also you could offer short term or emergency cover for parents.
Regards charging this would depend on the going rate where you live & for emergency or short term cover you might be able to charge a slightly enhanced rate because of the nature of the rate, but be careful not to overcharge & do yourself out of work.