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Part time after school childcare in Ash

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stanmum · 22/04/2006 20:43

Hi all,
I'm looking for childcare for one child (Year 1) after school on Tuesday and Wednesday term time only and then 2 children (yr 2 and yr R) from September. I need Tuesdays from 4pm until 5pm (except on the few days the hockey club does not run and then it would be 3pm - 5pm) and then on Wednesdays from 3pm- 5pm.
Do you think any childminders would be interested in these odd part time hours? And would they charge me during school holidays? (I am a teacher, so would not need childcare and could do without the extra cost as I am also paying for a 2 year old in daycare!)

Any advice gratefully received!


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lexiemum · 22/04/2006 21:16

cms do do term time contracts and regularly do the school run pickups.

the later pickup days may be difficult esp. if cm has already been out on a school run as they'll be into preparing tea etc at 4.

could you organise for someone to drop off at cm for you instead.

phone round all the cm's that pick up from your school - childlink website will list them. though the school receptionist may have list of cm's too.


galaxy · 22/04/2006 21:20

I would have recommended my sister who has a child at Ash Walsh but she has just this week stopped minding. Have you looked at childcarelink?


galaxy · 22/04/2006 21:20

Also, do the school have anotice board you could ask on?


nannynick · 22/04/2006 21:41

With 3 children, would having a term-time only nanny be more suitable?

You'd have to weigh up all the pros and cons, but as a nanny who works for teachers who have 3 children, I can say that it seems to work well for all concerned.

However, you don't seem to be wanting childcare 5 days per week, so the cost may work out far too high for a nanny, if you only need care a few days per week (Note: I consider finding a part-time nanny for term time only to be tricky, not sure if that is the case, but I wouldn't work term time only if it wasn't 5-days per week as I couldn't then afford my mortgage!)

Term Time Only nanny would probably work out at around 16,000 to 17,000 taking into account Employers NI. Some nannies may be prepared to accept monthly payments - so helping match with the way you get paid as a teacher (assuming that you get paid each month, not only for the months you actually work).


BradfordMum · 23/04/2006 10:56

Nick - I think it's only for 2 children


nannynick · 23/04/2006 12:22

I agree that Juliet is asking about childcare for two children who as of September will be in full time school. However, she has 3 children in total (not the comment about 2 year old in daycare) thus if the 2 year old is added into the equation, perhaps it makes a job for someone (be they a childminder, nanny, SAHP, Au-Pair) more viable.

Do I think that a childminder would want the odd part time hours? No I don't.
Do I think that a childminder may want to fill a full-time under5's place 2 days per week, plus collect two siblings (aged 5years plus) from school? Yes, I see this being more viable.


stanmum · 23/04/2006 17:15

Sorry, seem to have confused everyone!

It is for two children although I have three! I am trying to find a way to keep costs down as I get my youngest looked after for free, so would not be cost effective for a childminder to have all three (although this may have to be the case) When I was looking for childcare for all three, could not find anyone who had three vacancies at the same time, which is how I ended up in my current situation of kids being in different places.

Note to Nick - thanks for your advice - did used to be a full time childminder a few years back in a different location. Still keep my registration going as I offer occasional respite care to disabled kids. Haven't updated my website, but keep it going just for my regular mums to contact me. So I don't really know any local childminders and just wondered what the general feelings around part time care would be. Sorry to have confused you, but my situation is a bit long winded!


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ThePrisoner · 23/04/2006 17:32

Nannynick - childminders do take on children with "odd part-time" hours (I am one of many I know!) As Lexiemum says, the only hiccup might be the 4.00pm pick-up.

And, as already said, some childminders will do term-time only contracts.

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