No thank you for your honesty, it is very much appreciated. I have had to find alternative childcare, which has proven extremely difficult, and I still haven't been fortunate enough to find anyone, so a family member is helping me out.
The reason this started, was because believe it or not I was trying to be proactive. She takes Christmas and New year's off every year, and I work in retail, so as you can imagine this isn't easy for me to take off. I have to write to my area manager with as much notice as possible for it to be considered.
I did this and told her and she confirmed she would be off. She then messaged me and told me she was taking an extra week and would not charge me for it?
It is her contract that if she takes time off, then I do not have to pay...
I asked her why she was charging me for the rest of the time, and her reply was because I booked it before she did I still had to pay?! I said it wasn't fair as I only did this because I knew, and we had spoke about the Xmas period. I do not want to be off as this is the time of year I can boost my income with overtime.
She then text me and served me notice?!