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08/04/2013 at 21:49
One of my old colleagues is now a childminder and her prices are £30 a day, is this a good price for a childminder? I've only looked at daycares so far which have been between 38-52, I wanted a daycare really but the cost is just too high but feel a little happier knowing I actually know the childminder
08/04/2013 at 22:04
Thats a fantastic price. My cm charges £30 a day too but thats mates rates as we have been friends many years. Most charge around £4 an upwards and i do a 12 hour day. I would say the going rate for Kent is £40 a day upwards really. If you know her too i would be biting her hand off x
08/04/2013 at 22:08
Most around here are round £4 per hour, they charge by hours rather than days. Depends how many hours are covered by her meaning of a 'day'. We're in Oxfordshire.
08/04/2013 at 22:10
Her part time rate is £4 an hour but full days is a flat rate of £30, she's open from 7:30am til 6 so think it covers the whole day too
09/04/2013 at 08:33
Those who use a childminder for a full day, do your babies have all their meals the. Or dinner once u collect them?
09/04/2013 at 08:58
Yes we have found a childminder for £30 a day also. So seems ok to me.
09/04/2013 at 09:18
G has breakfast lunch and dinner with cm but i provide the packed lunch which helps her keep costs down. We chose a childminder because:
We know her and i know she is fab with kids. I trust her totally.
Cheaper rates than nursery.
More flexible if i am late getting home.
Longer hours - i commute from kent to london.
We dont need to change childcare arrangements when G starts school.
G gets to do lots of outings to parks, groups etc.
Negative points are that if cm or her kids are sick i have to take time off but there arent any other cons for me. She gets loads of interaction with larger groups as she goes to pre school in the mornings and cm takes the kids to lots of different local groups.
09/04/2013 at 09:31
We pay £32 a day from 8.30-5.30 for J. We provide all meals, nappies and wipes and she provides snacks. Sounds like a great rate, although it might be worth thinking about how you'll handle it if you don't agree with any of her decisions/actions etc if you are friends?
09/04/2013 at 10:03
Our cm is £3.70 an hour.
She works from 7.30-5.30 but if u need her before or after that then its double time, she will do Saturdays, again its double time but we never have used her then.
Under 1 you provide all meals, milk, nappies, wipes.
Over 1 she will provide the meals/snacks/juice but I still send all meals/snacks so she charges me £3.70 instead of £4. In saying that though if either child is hungry or doesn't fancy their snack she will give them something else.
09/04/2013 at 10:06
Thanks all, that helps alot, does sound like a good price only downside is I can't reserve his place as its still a whole before I go back to work so got to hope she doesn't get booked up
09/04/2013 at 10:08
Would it be an option for her to let you know if she gets any interest and you could then pay her a holding fee or something until you go back?
09/04/2013 at 10:33
That's a good idea mm, I might suggest that as nurserys around here are all booked up already so don't want to end up stuck if she's full
09/04/2013 at 10:44
Also from personal experience its hard work finding a cm you like and trust so if youve found that i woukd do all you can to keep a space!
09/04/2013 at 10:49
I think I'd better hurry up and put my days request into work so that I can finalise it all then
09/04/2013 at 12:23
Round here they charge between £50 - £70 a day so I think £30 is bargain
09/04/2013 at 18:43
The childminder near where I work charges £6 per hour so £3 is a bargain!
09/04/2013 at 19:30
Reading this is seriously making me consider a child minder over nursery it could save me a fortune!
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