Sorry but this is long and boring but I could do with advice on what to do. I leave my twin babies with a child minder 3 days a week. I pay four weeks holiday which she takes during the school holiday and then the rest of my holidays when I am not working, I pay her half pay. I want to go into school on Wednesday and have a revision session with my Year 11 students whose exams are next week. I asked the childminder last week if I could leave them with her a half day as I assumed the place would be free as I am effectively paying half pay as a retainer. She said of course that wouldn't be a problem. I asked whether she'd charge me, she said no as it was a half day and I am paying for half a day anyway. So the agreement was that I would drop my kids off for half a day on Wednesday. She called me today saying she had hay fever and a cold and did a lot of coughing down the phone. I'm no *** and she was very obviously faking it mainly due to the fact she knew so far in advance she'd be ill on Wednesday even though it was only hayfever! Plus the dramatic coughing fits were a give away as is the fact she would never ever take time off during term time as she would have to make alternative provision as I HAVE to go to work, whereas popping into school during the holiday isn't a necessity. I asked if I could come in on Thursday then instead of Weds, she said she'd check with the doctor and get back to me. I'm now sat here fuming about being lied to about her taking a sicky when she's very obviously having a day off/or as I think the case may be, taking the children she usually cares for after school during term time, getting paid for that whilst still expecting me to pay 62 pounds for a half day when she's not available to work. In fact not available to work on any of the days this week that I'm paying her for. Even if she were ill, which she isn't, would it be fair for her to charge me for days when she's not available to work? Now I have to tell 25 kids not to come in and I'm pretty cross. I really like my childminder and don't want to fall out with her but I feel she's taking the ****. Any advice on what to say to her?