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I am going back to work after maternity leave for 2 days a week. Mondays and fridays. This make it 8 days in 4 weeks. Out of these 8 days, 5 days i dont need any childcare coz i have got my hubby and …
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
I am going back to work after maternity leave for 2 days a week. Mondays and fridays. This make it 8 days in 4 weeks. Out of these 8 days, 5 days i dont need any childcare coz i have got my hubby and grand parents available. However 3 days i will be need childcare.

So it will be as follows
Week 1, no childcare needed
Week 2, childcare needed mon and fri
Week 3, Childcare needed on friday
Week4, no childcare needed.

and the 4 weekly pattern keeps repeating itself. So 2 weeks i wont be needing childcare and then 2 weeks i will be needing childcare (one week 2 days and one week 1 day). Now the problem is that i have asked nurseries and they wont take him on this pattern. I dont really want him to go for more days as i wont be able to claim costs via tax credit as i will be working less than 16 hrs a week.

What way should i go round. What kind of childcare can i get??????????? Suggestions please because i am pulling my hair out of stress!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone know of any nurseries who operate on day basis??? Are childminders safe... i am scared to death of leaving my baby with someone i dont know.
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
how many hours are you doing on those days? Are they full time?
#2
you might find you have the same problem with childminders - have you checked with any local ones?

They tend to want more ridged paterns too like every tues\weds or something - the same as a nursey would want.
#3
Yes they are full time
#4
worto03
you might find you have the same problem with childminders - have you checked with any local ones?

They tend to want more ridged paterns too like every tues\weds or something - the same as a nursey would want.


I really dont know how to work this one out. This is the pattern my manager wants me to do. I have requested him to try and adjust to some other days... hope he can do it... I always thought after maternity leave it would be a matter to letting work know what days u want to do........ Never thought i would have a problem as i was full time before....
#5
i have this same problem as i will be working shifts each week and its when and where needed. Tax credits will only help out if its more then 16 hrs per week. Im working in a hospital and the nursery is used to shift work so am putting my daughter in there...but i spoke to many childminders who as long as the hours/days are set each week they were fine with it.
#6
you could always advertise for a Nanny/ mothers help... someone older with childcare experience who has raised their own family and just wants something part time may be ideal. Get in touch with an agency, they may be able to help you find a nanny share as well and they will have vetted them and will advise on payment etc.
#7
here is a brilliant website that helped me to contact childminders in my area to talk about hours etc.
http://childcare.direct.gov.uk/
#8
My advice if your going down the childminder route is speak to Sure start they monitor them, some allow child care vouchers and they have to be inspected. Hope this helps.

I just tried to get you like to their website but they are reconstructing it and it says for details on your local surestart call your local councils main number. Sure start cover all areas.
#9
You are lucky that your work are letting you cut down to just 2 days a week & that you have some help available - will you be doing more days in the future?

You will probably find that a childminder will want more than just 3 irregular days a month to make it worth their while, unless you are going to increase your hours soon, but you can always ask!

Do you have any friends in a similar situation where they take your baby 3 days a month & you look after theirs 3 days a month - or pay them - or offer to babysit the same number of hours?
#10
Laffy42
You are lucky that your work are letting you cut down to just 2 days a week & that you have some help available - will you be doing more days in the future?

You will probably find that a childminder will want more than just 3 irregular days a month to make it worth their while, unless you are going to increase your hours soon, but you can always ask!

Do you have any friends in a similar situation where they take your baby 3 days a month & you look after theirs 3 days a month - or pay them - or offer to babysit the same number of hours?


that is a good idea.... will try that
#11
As a mum it occurs to me whether it would be in the best interests of the child to be left with someone else just three days a month. It isnt as if they'd have time to form a relationship with this person as they'd see them so infrequently. Each time you left them it would be like leaving them with a stranger.

You might want to consider leaving them more frequently no matter what week it is, purely for the fact that you'll want your child to have a bond with his/her carer. Childrens day to day lives are more important than the fees it costs for childcare.

Childminders are vetted by Ofsted ( the same people who make sure the schools are doing right by our kids too ), work within the EYFS ( early years foundation scheme ) are CRB checked ( they dont have a criminal record ) and some are part of childminding networks and organisations such as NCMA ( national childminding agency ).

Generally nursery places and childminder vacancies are much sort after. You wont be able to get something that you can just use as and when you wish because you cant arrange something else. It wouldnt be in the interests of the nursery or a childminder to function that way, nor in the emotional stability of the other children or your own child for it to be so willy-nilly. Kiddies need a good routine to keep them happy. Also, think about what you would do in cases of illness.

I've used childminders with my five children and they've been great. I think they're the best form of childcare for the very little ones as they get a one on one relationship with their carer in a home setting... nurseries are far more institutionalised. Depends what you want for your child, basically.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do x x
#12
ClarityofMind
As a mum it occurs to me whether it would be in the best interests of the child to be left with someone else just three days a month. It isnt as if they'd have time to form a relationship with this person as they'd see them so infrequently. Each time you left them it would be like leaving them with a stranger.

You might want to consider leaving them more frequently no matter what week it is, purely for the fact that you'll want your child to have a bond with his/her carer. Childrens day to day lives are more important than the fees it costs for childcare.

Childminders are vetted by Ofsted ( the same people who make sure the schools are doing right by our kids too ), work within the EYFS ( early years foundation scheme ) are CRB checked ( they dont have a criminal record ) and some are part of childminding networks and organisations such as NCMA ( national childminding agency ).

Generally nursery places and childminder vacancies are much sort after. You wont be able to get something that you can just use as and when you wish because you cant arrange something else. It wouldnt be in the interests of the nursery or a childminder to function that way, nor in the emotional stability of the other children or your own child for it to be so willy-nilly. Kiddies need a good routine to keep them happy. Also, think about what you would do in cases of illness.

I've used childminders with my five children and they've been great. I think they're the best form of childcare for the very little ones as they get a one on one relationship with their carer in a home setting... nurseries are far more institutionalised. Depends what you want for your child, basically.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do x x



thanks a lot for your detailed answer... sure has helped...luckily grandma is willing to look after him on mons and tuesdays so hopefully my manager will accept it....fingers crossed....

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