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I am so so annoyed with my childminder
flutterbee · 04/01/2007 08:55
My childminder has DS every Thursday and Friday while I go to college, before the Christmas break I had a chat with them and told them that I returned to college in the first week of the new year (today) and they have a schedule from my college (as they pay the fees) telling them how much they are being paid and what for.
So this morning I was sat here at 8am waiting for them to come and pick DS up
I waited half an hour (they are sometimes 10-20 mins late and I don't mind) and then rang to see if they had forgotten. Turns out that they have it written down that he doesn't go back till next week, no problem its a mistake we are all human, but I then got lots of huffing and puffing at the end of the phone "Oh I don't know what we are going to do then" "I have other children to pick up now" "I'm sure your not back at college till next week". I repeated that no I was back today and reminded them of the print out from college. I was then told "Oh I will see what I can do, I will be down to pick DS up as soon as I can"
I'm still waiting
flutterbee · 04/01/2007 09:28
I was due at college 15 mins ago and still have to walk there yet, looks like I will be getting a taxi
I have just spoken with them and have been assured that they are on there was to collect DS, so they will be here at about 9.40, so only 1hr 40mins late
Really if they weren't the best childminders in the area I would move him.
S88AHG · 04/01/2007 09:58
As a CM I always make contact a day or 2 before the end of hoildays just to check all ok, ie no-one sick or anything, and also so I feel organised. It is usually only a text message which doesnt interupt anyone, but I think it helps, and everyone says its nice that I do that. Maybe as someone has already said next holidays might be worth giving them a ring, a day or 2 before the end of hols, just for your own piece of mind, hope you have/had a good day
saltire · 04/01/2007 11:14
I've had a sort of reverse of your problem. I finished on 22nd. Gave all my parents a note saying i would be back working on 3rd Jan. Mindee 2 parents let me know he wouldn't be back till 8th (another thread), and mindees 3 &4 said they wouldn't be back till 9th.
Mindee 1's mum picked him up on 22nd, i asked when i would have him again
"I'll let you know". I called on 24th - she didn't know
I called on 27th - no answer
I called on 29th - no answer
I called on 2nd, no answer.
So i got up at 7am yesterday,, not knowing if he was coming or not, he didn't. It's quite annoying isn't it.
nannynick · 04/01/2007 13:18
Being Late, I feel is one of the major moans from both childcare providers and also parents.
Personally I'm known for my timekeeping, I'm usually early when due to arrive anywhere, to such a consistent extent that if I have not arrived on time, people really panic!
Being late, weather you are a parent dropping your child to the childminder, or the childminder collecting your child from you, from nursery or anywhere else, I feel is a problem which often arises.
Only this morning I was chatting with a childminder who moaned that one of her mindees parents is constantly picking up 1/2 hour late. It frustrates her partner no end and disrupts her own children's evening bedtime routine. But what can be done? Adding additional fees for late pickups works for a bit, but for people who are not good timekeepers... it can be hard to change to being reliable.
Has anyone come across any ways of solving the issue of lateness?
saltire · 04/01/2007 13:43
These parents i'm on about are a bit, well, dippy. I am paid from 8am till 6pm. She can turn up any time from 8am onwards, usually when i'm leaving the house to go to school.
She never remebmers anything, and just doesn't listen when i ask her anything or tell her anything!
I've actually quite enjoyed not having him, as i've been able to get the house organised, but it's just so frustrating
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