Child care dilemma
22 December 2020 at 5:25 pm #47194
First time mum, single
Dilemma regarding child care when i go bakc to work in few months. Not much support externally
Not sure what i am entitled to. Heard about child tax credits and not sure how this works . I tried checking the gov.uk site
Also heard about some hours of child care being paid for(? free) , not sure at what age
Just a thought: child minders or nurery?
Pls excuse my ignorance . Just trying to get round things
any advice will be greatly appreciated. thanks26 December 2020 at 10:26 am #47304
Hi Leney, how old is your child? If you get universal credit you get up to 80% discount on any registered childcare provider, so if you prefer a childminder please check whether they are ofstead registered. I don’t have anyone to help me with childcare but I found a reliable childminder to help me as I work full time.26 December 2020 at 12:28 pm #47305
Hi Loving mum, thanks for your reply. She will be 1yr old by the time i get back to work. i work full time but will have to do 4 days now. No, i don’t receive universal credit. Not sure about child minders as difficult finding one you can trust , hence nursery which is quite more expensive. however any advice or guidance will be much appreciated.26 December 2020 at 1:12 pm #47307
Aww bless her, I know it’s so heartbreaking to get back to work when your child is so little. I personally prefer a childminders for this age as babies get more love and care than at nurseries, and I think the fees might be more or less the same. Maybe check out this page if you could get any help: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs27 December 2020 at 10:46 am #47330
I have exactly the same problem, will have 6 months of maternity leave and then work 100% again. I don’t have much support either. Childcare is extremely expensie, but depending on your salary, etc you may be entitled to get universal credit. Check the gov page what you are entitled to. The free hours are only for 2, 3 and 4 year olds I think. Where are you based? I read countless ofstead reviews about childminders but its so difficult to find a good one nearby. I guess I would trust it more if someone could tell me about a good childminder.27 December 2020 at 1:26 pm #47333
I used 2 nurseries and have regretted it ! My Child is 6 years old and she goes to the best child minder after school. Go to your council website to find Ofsted child minder., you can speak to other parent s!
They take care of your child better than nursery and are more expensive27 December 2020 at 6:44 pm #47340
I did a great research of childminders when my daughter was little on this website https://www.childcare.co.uk/ and off course you need to visit them to chat about everything, see their settings, maybe have a bit of a trial time together with your child if possible. Also, it’s great to ask other mums around if they know any registered childminders, it’s really good if someone recommends one. Good luck lovely.28 December 2020 at 4:51 pm #47374
Hi Lovingmum! Thanks so much. Will have a look at childcare.co.uk.Its great chatting with other mums like you on this forum. Provides a lot to ponder on and one is not just moving in one direction!
Hi Sherinam, thanks so much.Will have a look at council web.
Maria, you right . i think the free hours are for 2,3,4 yrs.Yes, it is really tricky and frustrating trying to find a reliable and trusting childminder . will be nice if one had a recommendation from someone who has used or knows one too. will have to keep exploring. I hope i get this resolved sooner than later
Just wondering …what is tax free childcare ? Who’s entitled for this?28 December 2020 at 5:30 pm #47375
Do not use childcare.co.uk as you have to pay for site. Go on council website and download list of Ofsted registered minders..it’s free29 December 2020 at 7:37 pm #47409
@Leney no worries, we are here to help each other. I’m sure you’ll find a good option.
@Sherinam You might be talking about their golden membership or else, but I don’t pay anything for using the website and exchanging mesages with childminders there. I currently use one of the childminders from there, she looks after my child during school holidays.29 December 2020 at 8:59 pm #47414
Thanks ladies.30 December 2020 at 4:00 pm #47440
Childminders tend to be more flexible than nurseries and won’t fine you if you are late due to traffic. It is also a different environment and the choice is which feels right for you and your child. Some childminders will do more structured stuff, similar to the EYP with older kids. My Mum was a childminder when I was a kid and the childminder who looked after my 2 was amazing and held our precarious life together. It is worth knowing some childminders do school drop offs and pick up which can sort wrap around care once your little one starts school.31 December 2020 at 12:37 pm #47464
Hi Glitterglue, thank you. Well said! agree. much benefits with CMs.. finding a trusting and reliable one would be really great but that’s the task ahead!