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    Hi all,

    I am newly started back to childminding and I have never had this come up before. I have been approached by an expecting Mum to look after her baby either from July or September 2017, currently I have the space but obviously may not come the time. What do others charge if they do in this situation to hold the place?

    Thank you

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    You can't do anything until baby is born ...

    I normally ask parents to contact me nearer the time and then I'll see what spaces we have - the one time I held a space I was let down...

    I knew I should have said 'no'

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    As Sarah said, you can't do anything until baby is born.
    I wouldn't save a place- unless they are willing to pay 100% fees (!!) I would be losing money every single month until they started, why should I do that when I need every one of my EYFS places to be earning me my income?
    The only circumstance might be if I had chosen to cut back on work and have only 1-2 EYFS children and therefore not mind keeping a place empty... but even then who knows what anyone's circumstances will be that far in the future- anything could happen (redundancy/life-changing events/moving house/illness/family circumstances...) so they could end up letting you down or you could end up letting them down.

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    Thank you Sarah and Moggy that has been a great help, I didn't know what was 'normal' is this situation. Of course I am hoping I would't have a space available that whole time. Thank you again!

 

 

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