View Full Version : help anyone please im new to all this!!

paula walsh
03-11-2010, 04:48 PM
hi all im pre reg and just in the process of doing my porfolio childminder co-ordinater coming out next week i think im nearly ready and got all i need in my porfolio(i hope)advice anyone please.... oh and what do you think about closing all xmas i have three young children ages 8 6 and 3 plus 2 teenage stepchildren....

03-11-2010, 06:12 PM
I am closing from Christmas Eve through to the beginning of January.

As for your portfolio... what are you stuck with? :D

Carol M
03-11-2010, 06:43 PM
I am closed the whole school hols as most of my mindees are TTO (Term time only) Even before this, I took the week between xmas and new year as when I started, the parents were off but still sent their children so they could go shopping!
Take the holiday and enjoy it with your family.
Carol xx

03-11-2010, 08:16 PM
I'm closing 2pm xmas eve til 4th Jan :D Need time with my own lo's at xmas x

paula walsh
06-11-2010, 05:38 PM
hi sarah thanks for you reply on 3/11 im soorry ive just been so so so busy doing my policies.. for childming co-ordinater coming out on weds ive done,
admissions policy
emergency evacuation
outings policy
lost child policy
suitable clothing policy
pet policy
illness and ifectious diseases
sandpit policy
trampoline policy
food and drink
alcohol,drug and smoking
bumphead advice letter
headlice policy
child protection
confidentiality policy
drop off and collection
medication policy
physical contact
im unsure what else im supposed to do worrying about allsorts...
im trying to calm myself down thinking ..take one step at a time..
do you think i should do anything else.. or just wait till weds to see childminding co-ordinater.... advise any one please :eek:

06-11-2010, 07:34 PM
You've made a good start there!

There are a couple more that are statutory. Have a look at this thread -


I'd wait with the rest and take it one step at a time.

I am sure your coordinator will give you lots of help but we're here if you need us too! :D

paula walsh
06-11-2010, 11:52 PM
thanks sarah ive been looking on your site you should be so proud of youself you are an inspiration to all childminders to be.. i hope im like you in 10 yr time .

07-11-2010, 09:53 AM
First year I worked I closed for 2 days - Christmas day and boxing day
Last year I closed for one week
This year I'm closing for 8 working days (after working for 9 months with no break)

I have learned the hard way that working every hour God sends our way doesn't make people think any more of you. You have to always put your own families first because if you don't you end up feeling bitter and resentful towards the parents who take you for granted (not all of them do, but some definitely do).

Don't let this put you off, there are some fabulous parents out there, just go into the job with your eyes open, lol! ;)

Good luck x

paula walsh
07-11-2010, 07:54 PM
thanks fot you reply libby ive just finised writing my working hrs fee ect and ive stated that i close: after session on the 23rd dec and reopen on 3rd of january every year then i stated that this is so that i can spend some quility time with my own children as i belive they deserve after kindly sharing their mummy with others throughout the whole year..