|Also, we just had to turn down a place at one of our back up nurseries because we're holding out for our first choice - the back up won't hold the slot so that's £150 deposit down the drain.|
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RedSparrows 19,301 posts
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I was looked after by a childminder, and she was absolutely lovely: she was adored by our family. My first word was the name of her dog.
Edited by RedSparrows at 11:59:06 26-11-2012
cowell 633 posts
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elstoof wrote:Non-refundable when the place isn't guaranteed? Utter lunacy. Presumably they can pull this because places are in demand?
It's madness isn't it, we registered at 3 nurseries paying non refundable deposits to each with no guarantee there'll be a place for any. We only really want one of them but had to hand money out to 2 others in case we don't get the one we want. Luckily we registered months ago and the director's told is we'll almost definitely have a place, but it won't be confirmed until January, leaving 2 months before my wife goes back to work.
We'd ruled out child minders. Our personal view was that being in a larger group of kids would socialise ours a bit more. Definitely pros and cons to both solutions.
Well, not guaranteed to be available when you need it, so you pay up and hope you have a slot in time. One of the perks of living in central London is a high demand for places so there's not much choice but to get on a few waiting lists.
Kangoo 1,008 posts
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It amazes me how much shit nurseries get away with, my wife has worked in a few nurseries in the past and was working part time in our local one while she was expecting our daughter. Some of the stories she used to come home and tell me were truly shocking in the level of stupidity, the worst part was they actually managed to get an outstanding from Ofsted.
Things like one member of staff leaving 6 month old babies on the changing unit and walking off continually, letting the kids play with cat litter in a litter tray (I really wish I was joking) and going on a 'cultural visit' to see a load of gypo's that had stopped off across the road.
The problem is low pay means anyone good moves on and you get left with the rejects a lot of the time. Thankful that we found a Montessori pre-school that is really good and our daughter (2) loves it there and gets upset when she isn't going.
My personal opinion is choose a place where you feel comfortable and like the look of the staff, make sure they are organised and have structured activities planned and have enough staff to cope with the care as well as planning.
coastal 5,364 posts
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First time as Santa and loved it. Okay he's only seven months old and more interested in the wrapping paper but it still felt pretty good.
TarickStonefire 1,857 posts
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One of the perks of living in central London is a high demand for places so there's not much choice but to get on a few waiting lists.
That's not a perk
My wife is a nursery teacher in a Montessori nursery in SW London. She has learned that all nurseries, even allegedly "great" ones, have real issues with staffing. Most of the new staff they take on are really just kids, girls almost exclusively, who seem to think it'll be an easy ride and it absolutely isn't. She's one of the best staff there, the kids are actually upset when she's not in for any reason, but there are very few as good as her, I'd say about 80% are crap. It's frustrating.
She loves the kids there (usually) but seeing what's involved in being a parent makes us glad we aren't I'm afraid - childcare in particular is absolutely extortionate. And that's just sodding nursery schools.
Edited by TarickStonefire at 13:08:35 25-12-2012
I reserve the right to completely change my mind
Reacher 351 posts
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My 3rd son, was born late last night.He was 6 weeks early but is doing fine and dandy. This weekend has been chaotic and exhausting.
DUFFMAN5 13,064 posts
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"Duffman is thrusting in the direction of the problem! Oh, yeah!"
jamievilla 365 posts
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Congrats! Call him Luis..