Next year I will be going to Uni, DS will need childcare for afterschool. One option is a taxi from school to a childminder in the next village. Can anybody advise on the taxi situation, do the drivers have to be CRB checked etc, have you done it and come across any problems? I don't have any experience of this at all and don't know anyone in RL who might know.
This will be a private arrangement, i.e. not a LEA arranged taxi. DS will be 8 by the time all this happens and it is a 10 min trip MAX.
I know the taxi drivers who do the LEA runs are CRB checked, but a standard taxi driver isn't likely to be, to my knowledge. You could pay for a specific taxi driver to have the CRB, but whether the taxi firm could guarantee that the same bloke willbe available at the same time each day is unlikely. Is you 8 year old the type who could cope easily with the arrangement? I know my DS1 would have been fine with that at 8, whereas DS2 would have loathed it.
A much easier route is to find a CM who does pick-ups from that school - you have plenty of time to find one.
Good point about would school co-operate with it, I hadn't thought about that so will have to ask.
I think DS will be fine with the arrangement if it happens, and I am planning on talking to him to check before making firm plans, at the moment I'm just thinking through my options.
I will have to phone up a taxi firm I think and ask re the CRB etc as that is a must for me.
The problem with sending him to a childminder who does pick up from his school is that the only ones I know of and have spaces, I would not send him to (and I'm a childminder myself so recognise some who aren't obviously childminders).
Like I say at the moment its just a case of thinking through my options and getting it sorted before it's too late.