I'm going to be studying full time (4 days a week) from September and I'm having a dilemma over childcare!
My mum is a childminder about 10 minutes away. Problem is I don't know if I can get funding help because she is my mum (where I get 85% paid for childcare normally) - though she is ofsted registered. My OH is also really allergic to cats and my mum has 3 - even if he's near them for 5 minutes his eyes swell so he can't see and he pretty much goes to sleep for the rest of the day, lol. Also my daughter would have to go to a different nursery which I really don't want to happen.
I could split them so my daughter goes to a childminder and my son goes to my mum but that feels really wrong!
That said I know my son would be happy with my mum - where if it was a new childminder I would be far more worried about him. My children both know my mum's childminded children really well and I know if there was a problem she is experienced and can deal with it.
What would you do? Are there other options?
I hate that they have to go into childcare at all! It's really putting me off studying tbh, even though it's for the best.
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