I'm asking because I'm in full time work, my husband part time. The minder I have had for the last year 1/2 has told me that she can no longer mind the kids, as a family member is ill. I am now struggling ALOT to find somebody to mind my kids who I like.
Over the last week I have been busy going to creches and private minders. I am hesitant to go down the creche route as they will only take my son and not my daughter. The last few evenings I have met private minders, and BOTH have changed their prices when I was in with them.
They are also looking to be paid holiday days... which is a serious "irk" of mine. I get paid 20 days holidays, as stated in Irish law but I also pay nearly a full day's wages on tax every week. I don't believe somebody not paying tax should be entitled to holidays. The first minder I met with changed her price by €10, to take into account the petrol for driving my daughter to and from school, which I thought reasonable anyway.
The minder I met yesterday changed it from €50 per day (a normal going rate at the moment) to €5 per hour for my son and €3 for my daughter. When she is on school holidays that will set me back €80 for the day?!?!?
Another question I have, is how would you feel about a minder in your house? I had a call from a woman today and she is willing to mind them in our own. She sounds lovely, honestly said that she is desperate for work since she hasn't had work in a few years (used to work in a creche and went onto an elderly care home which closed down) which kind of tugged at my heart strings abit. Ireland is in a serious mess financially and I would like to help somebody in need or help, rather than the other two who had nice cars, homes and clothes. I'm just unsure about having her in my house, all day alone... where she could quite happily indulge in our personal files/information without our knowledge.
Thoughts please? I **** near felt the need to headdesk my desk today, and have since reverted to letting people leave messages on my phone so that I don't need to deal with this for the moment.