Hi I am on the committee of our local pre-school which my ds also attends. We opened in March after the other one closed down. The pre-school is excellent but they seem to have a few staffing issues in that we can only have 17 children at any one time so only have 4 staff members throughout the week and depending on how many children will depend on how many staff come in to caver ratios. Anyway since we opened at least once a week one of us on committee has had to go in to cover training, staff absence or holiday. I know we are allowed to do this as we are all crb checked and there is always someone there with the minimum qualification required. I am also a reg childminder and currently don't have any mindees from Sept. They will be looking for another member of staff eventually as have funding for a special needs child to join us in the future. I was wondering whether it might be a good idea to offer my services (as basically adhoc cover staff and to come in to make up the ratio when the child starts) and come in on a self employed basis therefore billing them for any hours I work. The thing is I would only have to do 10 hours a week at minimum wage to earn more than I do as a cm and obviously I know it would be a risk that some weeks I would earn nothing but am doing that now! Could this be done? Am I silly to even suggest? Would love to hear your views. TIA
I agree with lljkk... good idea from yours & preschool's perspective but you can't then stay on the committee.
In a similar position actually with our new site: it's registered for 16 so you only need 2 staff to cover the legal requirements. However, with the amount of statutory training the staff have to do, not to mention if anyone's off sick, I think you really need a 3rd person.
I've been wanting to do this. I'm a registered childminder as well with no mindees (at least until September) and i've been helping out the pre-school loads, almost every single week. But i can't get paid as i'm currently on the committee! You could put yourself forward as bank staff once you come off the committee. It is a right pain isn't it?
It is a real pain, don't know about you ripeberry but being without mindees certainly makes me want to either stop childminding completely or do a mix of childminding and other childcare work. I have loved having my house to myself and my family again since I became mindee less and ds loves that he can have his special toys downstairs without them getting broken by the little ones
Our committee wanted to pay our secretary for helping out in emergencies so we rung up the PSLA. They said as long as a committee member is not getting paid for being a committee member we can pay her for the hours covering absences. Perhaps give them a ring to clarify?