View Full Version : Have had to close but no back-up

05-04-2011, 07:26 AM
as the title says i have had to close today because my son has been vomiting until 2am this morning. he is never ill so it's quite a big thing (he is 8).

anyway, most parents OK but one parent wants details of my b/up CM. I don't actually have one...what does one do in this situation?

Anyone else in same boat?

I know 2 CMs really well and both asked them but theycouldn't do it...so frustrating

05-04-2011, 07:36 AM
my backup minder is effectively full, i see it as an emergency backup (whilst you contacted parents/went to hospital/etc) if you ever needed it not for sickness, iyswim?
i do know a few cm that i would contact if parents asked me i suppose but most don't have spaces, especially in the hols. don't worry too much, hope ur ds gets well soon, im sure they could find alternative if they tried.

05-04-2011, 07:37 AM
Just say you have contacted both of your back ups but unfortunately they have no spaces available today.

05-04-2011, 07:43 AM
I have 2/3 very good minder friends who are my back ups but they cannot guarantee spaces at short notice (although have been great in emergencies)

i have other minders who I can pass on their numbers to parents if required but its not a particular recommendation and again in no way guaranteed

hope your son feels better soon

Chimps Childminding
05-04-2011, 08:02 AM
My back-up cm is June, but depending on which day it is she wouldn't always have a space!! There isn't really much you can do, if you gave the mum a list of 20 or so minders there is no guarantee they could fit her lo in! That is where grandparents etc come in useful :rolleyes: Ok before I get shot down in flames I know not everyone has gp's to hand, but we are (usually) a one man band and these things happen so mum needs to have an action plan ready!!

Hope your ds feels better soon :thumbsup:

05-04-2011, 08:08 AM
blame mrs Ofsted and say you contact your back-up but they have no places and can only help if it was an emergency mrs o says we are not allowed to go over our nos. for sickness cover..

do your LA have a list of childcare in your area give her their no.

(((Huggz))) for your son xx

05-04-2011, 08:24 AM
if minders you know have space you can't magic them a solution. I know it's not ideal but that's the way it is with children and childcare.

hope your son gets better soon


candy cat
05-04-2011, 11:35 AM
all of mine are told to have their own back up plans as i won't recommend just anyone as if any issues i don't want it coming back on me....they were fine with this.

05-04-2011, 02:57 PM
thanks to veryone who responded. i tried to help her out...that's all I can do I guess....

...am not going to feel guilty about it (well, not much anyway)

05-04-2011, 03:28 PM
My husband has to take a day off work to look after our children so I can work. I usually stay out for the morning and then my children can stay upstairs when we are home.

05-04-2011, 04:02 PM
My husband has to take a day off work to look after our children so I can work. I usually stay out for the morning and then my children can stay upstairs when we are home.

usually, I could have done this. However, DHs job/working hours /location have changed so there was no way he could take the day off.

05-04-2011, 04:56 PM
The last thing I would want to do if my dd or myself were ill is to start ringing around other cm's to see if they had a place, so I tick the box in the mm contract that I dont find alternative care.

I hope he is feeling better :thumbsup: