Posted: 08/12/2010 at 09:35
I am sorry that you have had this experience with a childminder but I do agree that it is well possible that your minder is making different excuses in order to free up a place.
I am a childminder also and I cannot imagine that I would terminate a contract on the information you have said has been given to you.
However, the notice is 4 weeks on both sides and that needs to be paid for. Afterall, your childminder may not want to continue that care for your child but that does not mean she is not providing a good standard of care up until the end of the contract. It may just be that she does not want to continue. She is perfectly within her rights to terminate care and give you notice for WHATEVER REASON which you should pay - afterall there would be no point in agreeing a notice period. Childminders can, and do take parents to court for unpaid fees and more often than not - they win. This is partly what childminders pay their insurance for so that legal costs are already covered. It is very unfair to report her because she has given notice - she hasn't actually compromised your child's care as far as you know.
From a parents point of view I too would not want to leave my child if I wasn't certain she wanted them there - but I would pay the fees and find somewhere else and put it down to experience. Most childminders would not treat you like this and are fantastic carers and professionals.