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boo70 · 06/01/2007 18:04
Hi i look after a child of 9 after school for about 10 hours a week and only charge for the hours that she is here for, if i only have her for 8 hours then i charge for those hours only. Its time to review contracts and i have changed it to the same as i would charge for my full time children. Say if the contract stated 10 hours and the child only came for 8 i would still get paid for the 10 hours. Does this seem unreasonable only the mother went mad when i told her of my changes. Any help would be great, Thanks
zoeuk1 · 06/01/2007 18:13
my mindees parents always pay for their comtracted hours. they have never questioned it. its up to the parents if the children get picked up early etc. im still here available to work. you are available for 10 hours. you wouldnt be able to fill the 2 hours that she didnt come. all childminders i know charge for the contracted hours. does the mother get paid from her work if she leaves work early or has a day off? i would've thought so.
hatwoman · 06/01/2007 19:48
if she wants you to keep those hours available, then you are being reasonable. ask her if she'd prefer to only have the contract for 8 hours. she might then ask you, on an ad hoc basis to do an extra two, but you'd be prefectly within your rights to say no if it wasn;t convenient. she has to decide whether she wants to pay you for 10 - the downside for her being it costs more, or pay you for 8, the downside being that you might not be available to do more. she can;'t have it both ways
dmo · 06/01/2007 21:00
for school hols i charge £x for the day
these days have to be booked 5 days in advance so i can do numbers etc
most of my before/after schoolers are term time only so i dont charge in the hols but i do have different children for school hols only
if i do have a space in the hols and an after schooler wanted to use it i would just charge for the days booked as its extra £x for me
zoeuk1 · 06/01/2007 21:16
i have after schoolers. a couple of them come in school holidays, but the ones that dont, i charge a half fee for keeping their place open. i think alot of minders do this and i think its perfectly fair.
when i say half fee, its half of their contracted hours. not half of what they would pay me if they came every day during the hols.
ThePrisoner · 07/01/2007 12:21
ThePrisoner contracts state that whichever hours are needed for schoolchildren before/after-school are paid for in full. If they are off sick, go elsewhere for tea, arrive late in morning or get collected early in the afternoon, or parents take them to school because they're running late, the full fee is payable.
I do separate contracts for parents in school holidays as not all the children need full-time care then. They only pay for the hours that they do. This is probably not the best way to run it, but it really suits me now not to have a houseful of children during the school holidays. Parents are aware that this is a bit of a first come, first served type of arrangement, but it also actually suits them well.
boo70 - if your parent definitely wants specific hours/days in the school holidays as well, then I would do a contract stating that. And she would then have to pay for those hours, even if she had an afternoon off. It is her guarantee that you will have a place for her child.
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