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How much do you charge?

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kelli22 · 20/03/2005 21:24

Hi there, im hoping to become a childminder by the end of this year and im wondering how much i should charge i've noticed others in my area are charging £2.50 per hour for Full Time and more for Part Time. (£3-£3.50 per hour)
I was thinking of doing the same, but if i charge more for PT then if the parents want exra hours i would charge £2.50 for any "over time" as its extra i wouldn't always be getting.

What does everyone think?

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KatieMac · 20/03/2005 21:45

That sounds good - how will you split the F/T and P/ at 30 hrs or at 35 hrs or at 40 hrs?


kelli22 · 20/03/2005 22:34

Hi, KatieMac, I've been reading alot of threads from you, you sound very professional
I was thinking of saying if they come for more than 5 hours a day then they are Full Time.
how much do you charge per hour? and where abouts are you. i live in the midlands area.
I've been thinking alot about the various issues surrounding childminding. When im just starting out and i will have a 5yr old and a baby (my own) and already have a child booked to start in November (if i get approved) so after that i would really only want one more child max, probably FT. what do you think?
Any advice or words of wisdom would be appriciated. thanks alot.

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KatieMac · 21/03/2005 21:18

I don't know about professional - I'm certainly opinionated and mouthy

I don't think you can plan the child you want - unless you can afford to be with out income.

I think less than 5 hrs is def. P/T

I'm in Rural Norfolk and charge £3 - this is very high locally


kelli22 · 21/03/2005 21:31

Humm cant really afford to be without an income but then dont want to take on too much cuz i want to make sure i can provide really good care for the ones i will be looking after.

I've got the mum of the child im hoping to mind coming at the end of the week to chat about it so hopefully i will start to relax abit after that.

Sorry to ask more questions but.........
How long did it take you to get registered? do you think i ought to get the police checks and doctors checks done now, if im hoping to start minding in november? Im starting my ICP on the 11th April.

Thanks for your help i really appeciate it, im abit lost and the thought of starting my own business is abit daunting, yet exciting

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Xena · 21/03/2005 21:35

Hi Kelli22 I would really advise the CRB check now as that is what held up my registration as it 'got lost in the system' there was another person with the same name (first middle and last) so it got held up and then wasn't sent to my local police station etc etc etc..
BTW what area are you in?


kelli22 · 21/03/2005 21:37

Im near coventry, i've got a lady from the early years centre dropping by to look at the house and give me advice on the 11th April - which im really looking forward to as then i hope to start the ball rolling. i've got all the forms i need hopefully she can advise me which ones i will need to fill in and send off now.

How long was the total time it took for you to be registered?

Thanks for replying so quickly

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kelli22 · 21/03/2005 21:41

Thats unusual for someone to have a name like yours. i dont know any Xena's, pretty tho.
Im going to be changing my name soon (for the birth of our baby) so dont know when i should do it, but if do change it before i register, it will def get lost cause im changing it to Jones n How many Kelli Jones' are there! lol

On the other hand will i have to send off to offstead if i change my name - and all the council lists as well - oh dear, i should of thought of this sooner - eeek

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Xena · 21/03/2005 22:05

Not really called Xena just made up for mums net go bored of my last signin name.
Registration- I think that it took from the begining of July to the end of October so only 4mths but I could have been registered at the beginning of Sept because all the other checks were back then.

I live in London so charge £4ph full or part time that is what all minders in local area charge.


KatieMac · 21/03/2005 22:09

Mine took over 7 months - just cos it did (OFSTED's explaination)


Xena · 21/03/2005 22:11

There is a high demand for childcare spaces in our area so they were 'rushing' ours through (it was 2003 btw)


miamum · 22/03/2005 08:57

Kelli - welcome

Took about 3 or 4 months for me - but i did have to do a lot of chasing up.


lunavix · 22/03/2005 14:17

Mine took (from start of ICP to certificate through door) 8 months. Did have to get a clearance from Australia though.

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