When do you take holidays and what do we pay?
I work term-time only (in line with Hertfordshire dates). I do not charge for my time off. I offer some ad hoc dates in the holidays. I work on Inset days and not on Bank holidays.
What happens when a family takes a holiday?
If a family decides to take a holiday or take their child somewhere on one of their contracted days, the full fees will apply. Similarly if a child is sick, full fees will apply.
What is the maximum number of children you can take care of at once?
I am allowed to care for three children aged 0-5, however only one of these can be under one year. This ratio also includes my own children. I am the allowed to care for a further 3 after school children under the age of 8.
So in total, I am permitted 6 children under the age of 8. Three of whom can be under 5 but only one baby under 1.
How will you ensure that my child's social needs are met?
Small children do not needs lots of contact with lots of different children and adults to socialise (as us adults sometimes do). Making one or two strong attachments is the most important thing. Just spending time with me and my children and the other children I care for is socialising in itself for your child. There will be new routines to learn, new places to navigate and new experiences, which is a lot for a child. We will also do the school run, where we mix with the other parents and children and often visit the park after school. We also visit playgroups, libraries, farms and museums.
Some quick answers to questions you may have. Every Childminder is different and it is good to know certain things about how things will work. I believe in being as transparent as possible so that everything is clear from the outset. Happy families equal a happy Childminder and happy children!
Please also refer to my policies as these will answer most of your queries in more detail.
What happens if my child is ill?
Parents are required to keep their child at home if they have a communicable infection and to inform me as soon as possible so that I can inform other parents. Any child that is obviously unwell upon arrival will not be able to stay and if your child becomes unwell throughout the day you will be contacted to collect them.
Any child that has been sick or had diarrhoea must be kept at home for 48hrs after the last symptom of sickness or diarrhoea.
As with any other nursery or setting, full fee will apply if your child is unwell and cannot attend.