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    So, one of my parents told me a couple of weeks ago that she is pregnant. She is about 14 weeks now - baby due in January. When is it appropriate for me to ask her what her plans are in terms of mindee leaving me? I hate stuff like that, but I do need to know - he's my full timer, boo hoo.

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    I tend to look at things on a termly basis and like to know plans by the half term of the previous term, if that makes sense! If the baby is due in January, I'd want to know mum's plans by the half term of the previous term, so by October. I'd start mentioning it in September and say I need to know (or at least have a pretty firm idea) what their plans are by mid/end of October.

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    Do you think they will leave as one of mine stayed all through mum's maternity leave as they wanted to keep the routine, they may just want to reduce hours slightly if they are full time.
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    Pixie dust it's funny you should say that. In my experience pregnant mums have always left and then I have usually taken on the new baby a year later when maternity leave ends. One of my other mums is also pregnant, and like you say, she is staying, and in fact wants to increase her toddlers days with me by then so that she can get the new baby into a routine. If the first mum leaves then I will definitely up the second mums days, but if she stays, I'm not sure I want to increase the days - although I probably will.

    DH is telling me to ask the mum now, but I think it's a bit pushy. I just don't know.

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    Maza, maybe you could just gently to say to mum, 'i know it is too soon to ask really, and i'm not pushing for a definite answer, but i was wondering what your plans for maternity leave were, as i'm trying to plan ahead' You could say that you have a parent wanting to increase hours? I usually mention the benefit of routine, and for the older child to stay with me, for at least some of their hours.

    Also ... they need to consider what their childcare needs will be going forward ... If they cut down to one half a day for 9 mths, but then want to come back with 2 children full time etc, You can't hold an 'empty' space for all that time without either a retainer fee or something. I had a parent remove her child when she was on maternity leave, as she didn't want to pay a retainer. She was then very put out when i didn't have space for EITHER of her a children a year later!

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