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    • notrealname
    • By notrealname 12th Sep 17, 10:33 PM
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    Help...Notice to Childminder?
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    • 12th Sep 17, 10:33 PM
    Help...Notice to Childminder? 12th Sep 17 at 10:33 PM
    My childminder used to collect my children one day a week from school and keep until 5.30pm. We found more suitable arrangements and I gave her notice before the end of the last term that we would not be needing her any further. I gave seven weeks notice - inclusive of summer holidays. She sent me an email saying that the contract excludes notice during "holidays" and charged me the entire month of August (£110) as her notice period. The contract requires four weeks notice and excludes holidays, which is not a defined term in the policy - i had assumed it meant her holidays, when she was unable to find replacement work as she was not working. The CM did work over the summer holidays, as I saw on FB as she put numerous posts up -she took two weeks off in the summer only. The contract is a standard one and is not relevant for the term time care she verbally offered so am surprised by her reliance on the contract term (and makes me wish I had called her our on her breaches of contract, for example, that her daughter collected my children from school once - without telling us and without permission). I think the use of 'holidays' is an unfair contract term, unless defined - it could mean her holiday, my holiday, school holidays, bank holidays etc. I am happy to accept that she was 'on holiday' for two weeks, so I should give her six weeks notice - but we gave her seven. Do you think I owe her the £110?
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    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 13th Sep 17, 10:13 AM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 10:13 AM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 10:13 AM
    The better question is - will she take you to court ?

    I'd say it's unlikely over a small amount
    • notrealname
    • By notrealname 13th Sep 17, 2:07 PM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 2:07 PM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 2:07 PM
    Yes, true enough..... I'm a tad inflamed as we have paid her over £15k in fees and have put up with with numerous issues on her part only to receive this bill. Seven weeks notice! It just comes across as incredibly grasping. I have seen other versions of childminder contracts where holidays are defined as 'childminder's holidays', which is fair enough.
    • scd3scd4
    • By scd3scd4 13th Sep 17, 2:38 PM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 2:38 PM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 2:38 PM
    Can you not let the child stay there to the end and then start the new minder.
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