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17/01/2013 at 14:55
Anyone ever used one?
I think that I am going to have to get one for Liam from August time because he will be going to the preschool attached to his future Primary school and I am SO wary of them, the ones that I have seen ignore the children whilst they drink coffee at the toddler groups and my friend sacked her one because she drove by the school when the CM was doing a pickup for other children and her baby was locked in the car on his own bawling his head off :(
What should I be asking and does anyone know pricing? I think that he is about £4.70 PH at private nursery
17/01/2013 at 15:01
OMG FI that is awful!
I'd get in touch with the nursery and ask them for recommendations, then also ask friends, family, other parents at the school and go from there.
17/01/2013 at 15:02
i think it depends on where you are as to how much, we are in surrey and pay £5 ph but most charge £5.50.
use www.childcare.co.uk to read profiles of cm's in your area , get recs from people, i think this is the best way to find a good one, if you go to toddler groups ask around there. I met our cm before I knew we needed a cm but remembered liking her.
17/01/2013 at 15:03
I doubt the nursery will give me recs, they are their rivals or do you mean the one attached to the school? I might post on FB for recs. My mum and friend have given me one, she is an older lady who is seemingly fab with them x
17/01/2013 at 15:04
ML, it is the Toddler Groups that have so put me off the majority of them, they sit in their little coven ignoring the children
17/01/2013 at 15:08
luckily i know my cm doesnt do that because my friend goes there too! that is terrible, gives childminders a bad name doesnt it.
17/01/2013 at 15:12
I mean at the nursery he will be attending. I wouldn't say they were rivals either. Parents work and use thei government hours for nursery/pre-school then pay childminders to do wrap around care.
17/01/2013 at 15:16
I thought that you meant his current nursery, Sorry. If his current nursery did pickups, I would send him to the new one with his funded hours and pay for them for a couple of days per week, but they don't. No breakfast or afterschool clubs for when he starts school either.
I have had a look and I am going to call that woman, ideally, I would only need him 2 days per week, M can finish early on a Monday, he can go in a Tuesday afternoon, my mum can have him on a Weds and he can go on a Thursday afternoon. They are a lot cheaper up here, all looking about £3.25 PH.
17/01/2013 at 15:25
Sounds good. Give them a ring and book early as places get snapped up with the good ones!
17/01/2013 at 15:26
I don't need her until August, but it is better to get organised. My mum has offered to have him all the time, but that's a lot.
17/01/2013 at 15:28
I use one who is excellent. She is also one of my oldest friends which helps. She charges £35 for a day. G loves her. My old one however was rubbish. Sat G in front of tv all day so i sacked her.
Shop around and go with your gut x
17/01/2013 at 15:29
I am starting to panic now what I will do when he starts school. I think that I am going to have to apply to cut hours which I can little afford :(
17/01/2013 at 15:35
I think word of mouth is the best recommendations, go and visit lots so you can see what you don't like and what you do. There's one here and I don't like her as I heard her at playgroup saying how whiny the little boy she looks after is! She might have been having a bad day but I think that's very unprofessional. When I found ours I really liked her. I then had spies placed everywhere so they reported back , (the girls from the sure start centre told me they had seen her with L and that he was having a fab time, some mummy friends said L always looked happy, mil complimented the cleanliness of get house , and h turned up early one day and like a stalker peered in the window and they were sat playing and L looked happy,
17/01/2013 at 16:14
We've used two in our time. I have really rated both of them. I just "knew" when I walked into their house that they would be right for my children. My children have gained so much from their relationships with them and their children which I didn't really consider before we started. Just go and meet various minders and see what you feel. Luckily our current one lives literally opposite us so I have been able to spy on them all coming and going during their settling in periods plus she gets spotted out and about by my friends all the time!!
17/01/2013 at 16:59
cp I love the thought of your H peering through the window!
18/01/2013 at 11:19
I have used a childminder for a few years now, she has DS2 all day Thurs & Friday and DS1 after school on a Friday.
She is in her 50's (I think) and has grandchildren herself all around the same age as my two and she used to be a nurse,which I like. She does lots of activities and takes the boys places in the school holidays. I know she doesn't really let them watch TV that much as DS1 always moans about it lol! She is also very flexible with extra hours etc
She has a lovely big garden with slides ad swings etc. My two actually call her Nanny sometimes as they don't want to feel left out when she has her grandchildren there calling her Nanny ha ha!
The ONLY thing I don't like is that she has 2 Alsatians, which I know are kept in a seperate room to them most of the day but it still makes me feel uneasy :-(
ETA I pay £4 an hour which includes (homemade cooked) lunch and snacks, I think that's about average here (Shropshire)
18/01/2013 at 11:52
Thanks for all the advice everyone. My mum has reiterated her offer to have him, it'll be from Sept-July with hols, I'll try take the school hols as much as I can.
18/01/2013 at 12:45
I know several childminders who seem good - from watching them interact with the children they are caring for. Friends use child minders and seem to have had good experiences on the whole. Their concerns seem to be minor gripes rather than anything major wrong.
I did used to see one in our local library who spent more time on her phone than paying attention and would only read a book once to the children - which given how much toddlers love to hear the same story over and over seemed such a a shame.
My daughter went to a nursery and I had minor gripes about their care from time to time so I think its swings and roundabouts really.
Good that your mum is willing to help out. We rely on both sets of grandparents to help cover the summer holidays and I only work part time.
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