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02/10/2013 at 13:08
How does it work? what should I expect?
I am going a bit stir crazy now Luke is FT at primary school and really need to look for a job before I put my 2 stone back on and my brain turns to mush.
I think if we can make a bit more progress with his feeding he will be not as high maintenance and a regular childminder would be happy to take him. I don't have any 'mum' friends who I can have an informal arrangement so it would need to be a proper childminder.
also what happens in school holidays?
02/10/2013 at 13:39
We're currently using a nursery rather than a childminder, who will also then have him for full days during school holidays. They cost £5.30 an hour, and in total have him for 4.5 hours a day (well, it's actually about 4hours5mins or less if he gets there late or we pick him up early, but have to pay for that extra 1/2 hour which I'm not that happy about as I'm sure it's not what we'd agreed when we first visited them). They take him to school in the morning, and pick him up in the afternoon (they're right next to the school so not far for them to go)
I managed to find out at the end of last term that the school were starting a breakfast club this term, but it took ages before I could speak to anyone about it, so we're moving him to that for the mornings from next month which will cost just £2 a day, and keeping him in nursery in the afternoon - this will save us well over £40 a month, and he's desperate to go to the school's breakfast club instead.
One of the reasons I've gone for a nursery instead of a childminder is that there's less chance of them being off ill since there's a number of them there, and they don't take holidays, only closing the Christmas week so they seemed more reliable to me.
L goes to after school club and then in holidays he goes to a cm, set days mon and tue. She's £3.70 an hour, she provides juice and food but sometimes I send my own (I provide nappies wipes sun cream etc)
Before L was at school he just went to the cm.
02/10/2013 at 13:43
Think the price seems to depend where you are in the country. I'm in Herts and cheapest I've found is £5 per hour.
We don't use them as my son is at nursery, but from what friends have said, lots of things can vary such as whether you / they supply food so that would be something to check if you do start looking. Quite alot advertise at the children's centres and they will state on their ad if they are "open" all year or just term time.
Might be worth looking at part time so you don't need to worry about before/after school? But then you will have the school holidays to deal with so would probably need to find one for then anyway?
02/10/2013 at 13:50
there isn't an breakfast/after school club at the school, but I see lots of child minders do pick ups. I want an easy going low pressure job; I'm not going back to a career so I expect that my pay won't be great. Wonder if I can make it work?
wish we lived closer to my parents
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