Hmm would prefer nursery tbh (not wishing to offend any childminders on here though).
We probably couldn't afford a nanny even if we could find one, and DS1 is already settled and happy in nursery/pre-school 2 days per week, with DS2 also doing settle sessions there with a view to attending 1 day each week (he hates it though)
I suppose I need to take into account the nursery funding DS1 will receive in October.
okay if they're already attending a nursery that's a bit different. Can you factor in that you will be paying for the nursery/pre-school fees one day per week anyway so that is a sunk cost already. Ds2 would probably settle better if he did 2 sessions per week anyway!
Well DS2 will be doing 2 mornings to start with - as he screamed through the 1 hour he did last week.
It is all so complicated to calculate! We started DS2 as DS1 will be mostly funded for his hours from October so our current outgoings won't really increase from what they were with just DS1 attending nursery. BUT if I return to work and put them into nursery full time I just can't see how it can be financially worth it.
(DH looked so relieved at the prospect of the removal of financial burden when I mentioned returning to work too )
Our local nursery charges 50% for holidays if given notice. However the nursery attached to our local university will do term time only. So if there's a uni or FE college near you it might be worth a try.
DS1 went to a nursery attached to a primary school for a while. They offered term-time only, with an option to have child-care in holidays. If you didn't want it, then you didn't pay as they could fill the space with primary-age children in the kids club for the holidays. Best of both worlds IMO