My new business

(6 Posts)
Bangingheadz Tue 07-Jan-14 15:47:36

I'm about to be self employed as a childminder and in order to start building it I need some suggestions from parents that used or are using this type of childcare. If anyone could help please.

- Would you prefer to have all meals included in the price instead of having the hourly price and bringing your own meal /snack ?
- If you are a childminder could you please give me some idea of hourly prices with or without meals included ?
- If you are a childminder, do you charge holidays even when you are not going to care for the child (previously planned)?
- As English is not my first language, would it be a down side or would you face it as a good opportunity for your child to learn a new language too ?
-What is the main requirements you look for when looking for a childminder for your child (regarding the home, outings, number of children cared for etc) ?
- Why would you choose a childminder instead of a nursery ?

Thank you all.

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RescueCack Tue 07-Jan-14 15:53:05

I would rather food was included, but only if it was good food. No junk or treats - I would want to remain in charge of how often these were given.

Would probably want you to speak English only with my children - I can't imagine they would become fluent and I wouldn't want them flummoxed!

I would choose a childminder for the small numbers - I don't like the behaviours found when children are cared for in large groups.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Tue 07-Jan-14 15:59:23

I prefer to provide food for DD.

Our CM doesn't charge when she doesn't work (ie if we are away or if she is away).

If your English is really good (and from your OP it looks like it is) I would be delighted that you might teach DD some words from another language.

My CM is fab because she truly loves the children and her job. She has a warm caring house and the children and she are a well-bonded group. That for me is worth more than any amount of 'learning experiences'. She involves them in her daily life eg going to the market.

Our CM has a maximum of 4 children at any one time.

Studyingnonstop Tue 07-Jan-14 16:21:19

Sorry girls, I changed my name, because I don't know exactly what to put on here :P
Well, the healthy food is mandatory, we cannot offer treats anyway, but I also think many parents would opt for having all inclusive, I think that's what I will do then.
Just think that offering cakes shouldn't be so bad sad as it could also be prepared for the own children. People say that it should be offered just in special occasions, like birthdays etc..

I will speak only english with the children and introduce daily words in portuguese, which is very similar to spanish and therefore I believe could be a plus...but obviously, if the parents want me to do so. My english is not bad, but I was a bit insecure with the fact that is not my first language and parents could choose for another childminder with english as first language.

I love the idea of involving the children on our daily routine, like going to the market etc. It gave me great ideas. Certainly I will adapt it in my setting smile
I also think that is fair not charging when not working, but was it previously agreed ? when eventuality if your child is ill for ex. does she charges you ?

thank you all for your advices !

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Tue 07-Jan-14 16:34:32

No, our CM doesn't charge us, but we are exceptionally lucky. We also don't have a contract for a set number of hours. You can see why I feel we're truly blessed!

Studyingnonstop Tue 07-Jan-14 16:45:44

Yes, for sure you are very lucky.
I am still putting all my policies in place, but honestly, I think that a friendly and flexible (as a mum myself) approach makes things much easier.

Thank you !

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