Pregnancy & Birth Clubs <
01/10/2013 at 22:43
We've had a bit of a shock today after receipting a letter from our childminder to say her fee's are going up, the increase is over 20% a day. The childminder has recently had an inspection and now has an 'outstanding' status which I think has prompted the sudden Increase as its not contract renewal time.
Those that have had Increases, what is the norm for an increase?
02/10/2013 at 03:19
We had an increase in our nursery fees recently - of £1 a day, so nowhere near 20%! That is extremely steep - does it put her out of kilter with market rates?
02/10/2013 at 07:12
I think so as the average price is the area for a cm not including food is 3.50, her prices are now 4.15 an hour exclu food
02/10/2013 at 07:19
£4.15 is about on a par with our nursery but that includes three meals a day! I'd be discussing her prices with her and if she wouldn't budge look for an alternative. Childcare is expensive enough, and childminders are generally thought to be cheaper than nurseries?
02/10/2013 at 07:23
Yes we pay around £4.50 ph for nursery but that Includes all meals and two snacks a day. Seems a little much to me
02/10/2013 at 07:37
I would be asking if she is supplying anything extra for the huge increase, highlight its a much higher rise than emoyers would be giving. Maybe say you can't afford such an I crease and will have to look elsewhere. She may have shot herself in the foot!
02/10/2013 at 07:52
I spoke to a local childminder recently and she said £4.50 an hour and you know where we are. As others have said, ask her if anything extra will be included? Just that. Will make her think hopefully. 20% sounds like an awfully steep increase, without warning, just before Xmas to me but I guess she's charging what she thinks she can. What are other local ones charging? If Ofsted says she's the best in the vicinity then common sense would say she should charge the most but it's odd she's done it mid-way through the year. Could you say you really rate her, understand why she is doing it but say you need to budget for 20% cost increases and could you please pay the increased rate from next contractual renewal? She'll probs says no but you never know . . .
02/10/2013 at 19:03
Thanks all, we have emailed her this afternoon and explained that we simply can't afford the increase and am waiting for a response back
02/10/2013 at 20:08
My old childminder put her fees up from £30 a day to £48 which worked out about 60% so i gave her my notice the following day. I called NCMA to ask their advice and they told me they can basically charge what they like. I was really p'd off about it.
Really hope you get it sorted x
02/10/2013 at 22:03
Blimey. Ours is £5 per hour and I thought that was good!
03/10/2013 at 08:17
Our nursery fees have just gone up too, by more than I'd like but not so much it warrants a change. The member of staff who babysits for me was saying the staff haven't had a pay rise in 3 years so the rise is in part to find that.
Continues below ad
Nice to see you! Please do nose around, sign up and join in.