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    Hi all

    Have just received an email from a lady asking for me to look after her one year old on Tuesday 28th from 1-4pm
    I have not met or spoken to this lady before and wondered what your options and advice would be please

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    If you have the space I would do it might be for a job interview so might get more work from it.

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    I do one off jobs occasionally. I just ask parents to come visit first do can meet & discuss child's routine/ needs etc. And I always make sure they complete a child record form & sign permissions forms, particularly for giving first aid/seeking medical attention. And they have to pay upfront! Hope that helps.

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    Brill thank you it's all new to me x

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    What about a contract stupid question I know x

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsowter View Post
    What about a contract stupid question I know x
    If they are paying upfront I would not bother with contract. I'd do a basic permissions form and child info form.

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    It depends who your insurance is with as I've had to do contracts with all my ad hoc and one off care as I'm with pacey and they said it needs to be done for insurance reasons

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    Thanks guys that's been rally helpful x

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDC34cr View Post
    It depends who your insurance is with as I've had to do contracts with all my ad hoc and one off care as I'm with pacey and they said it needs to be done for insurance reasons
    All of those things would make me say it's not worth it, contract, record form, permissions form for three hours. Just over a tenner for your time and effort minus the cost of the forms and your time if you have them over beforehand.

    If it might lead to more work then it might be worth it but I can't see it being worth it!

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    If you are with Morton Michel you can do a simple contract with basic permissions and info about the child covering medication needs, allergies etc.

    if you are with pacey I believe that you must use one of their contracts if you want to be insured... then permissions and child information.

    I have covered a few one-off children over the years. Biggest tips I can give you - try and meet the child first and get money up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDC34cr View Post
    It depends who your insurance is with as I've had to do contracts with all my ad hoc and one off care as I'm with pacey and they said it needs to be done for insurance reasons
    But not for public liability it is for the legal protection insurance - but then they wouldn't get involved for 3 hours on non payment

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    I got asked this a few months back and I said no. It was just for one day during the holiday. She phoned about 10pm the night before she wanted cover though in my case and wanted to drop him off at 8am in the morning! I personally don't think it is worth doing because of all the paperwork you need to do. Yes she may need a childminder in the future but then she might come back to then anyway.

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    I offer ad hoc hours so would do this but :

    Charge a £25 admin fee for first booking (to cover paperwork & make it worth my while if I never see them again!) & get them to complete P&P, child record form & a zero hours contract

    Charge a higher hourly rate

    Payment always up front

    Send own Food & snacks

    Write down routine

    I have two families I do occasional work for and the first came as a similar enquiry to yours & I hadn't met mum first & did paperwork the night before which she bought with cash on drop-off!! I really like being able to top-up my income without regular commitment & it allows me to have a day off occasionally

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    ok so it turns out that social services are paying for my services i have done an invoice for 3 hours at normal pay so 3x£4 per hour and as its going to be a total of 32 miles travelling i thought £20 to cover petrol. i am going to meet mum later today with relevant forms and to meet little girl does this sound ok ?? should i charge more/less and has anyone else dealt with ss when will i get paid ??
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    I don't think you can charge for petrol/use of car.

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    Even though its a one of otherwise I'm going 32 miles for £12

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLL View Post
    I don't think you can charge for petrol/use of car.
    Yes you are right, I've read this before. See post number 8 in the following thread

    http://www.childmindinghelp.co.uk/fo...do-i-need.html

    You can only put petrol on expenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsowter View Post
    Even though its a one of otherwise I'm going 32 miles for £12
    How much will petrol cost for 32 miles? maybe not worth it

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    I thought she could charge for fuel!! I'm sure I've read on here other childminders telling each other to add a pick up/drop off fee if you find yourself being out. I don't see how this is any different. xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicola Carlyle View Post
    I thought she could charge for fuel!! I'm sure I've read on here other childminders telling each other to add a pick up/drop off fee if you find yourself being out. I don't see how this is any different. xxx
    You can add on 'hours' or charge a higher rate but petrol should go on expenses only. Post number 3 on this thread says something smilar

    http://www.childmindinghelp.co.uk/fo...n-charges.html

    I add on hours when I drop off mindees as it's not something I normally do. I charge for my time to get back home again which is fair enough.

 

 
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