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20/05/2013 at 14:10
Im due to go back to work in 2 months, the childminder we had lined up is now full because work are taking so long to come back to me. How did u find your childminder? And what things should I be looking for? I've been looking up ofsted reports but there's just so many childminders, I'm struggling to narrow it down to arrange to meet any of them. Any advice would be great
20/05/2013 at 15:16
I'd start off with location - do you want close to home or work?
Their opening times
Do they have other children
Do they go to groups
Do they do nursery/school pick ups when your LO is older
Do they supply homemade meals or do you supply food
Same with nappies/wipes
How do their holidays work - do you pay full or half when they are off/you are off
Get a feel for their home
I'd ask to see their car and car seats if they take the children out in it
20/05/2013 at 15:32
Thanks lavender, that's a really helpful list
20/05/2013 at 16:41
And when you're in their home surreptitiously check for things like safety plugs in unused sockets, fireguards, fire blanket in the kitchen, ask to see her first aid kit etc. My mum was a childminder when I was growing up and she was so strict with me and my brother when it came to the safety plugs etc - if we messed we were in BIG trouble!
My mum would normally go to see baby/child and mum in their own home first, and if that went well then baby and mum would come to ours for a visit. My mum always said she liked to give the parents a chance to meet her properly in the comfort of their own home, before they were distracted by looking around our house and maybe forget to ask certain questions etc.
20/05/2013 at 20:42
Everybody is different and works in a different way, please do not dismiss a childminder because they do not have socket covers etc
Using socket covers isn't necessarily the best option - take a look at this: www.fatallyflawed.org.uk
I am a childminder and do not have lots of safety features in place purely because I encourage safety awareness with the children and teach them about risks etc from a young age, for example the only safety gate I have is between the kitchen and the lounge (we live in a bungalow so no stairs) and this is open ALL of the time UNLESS I am cooking. I do not have a fire guard, but then I never use the fire. With all these things I let prospective parents know why I have done these things...
Have you had a google of people in ur area? some will have websites and they can be quite good at getting a feel for the childminder, you want to find somebody that you gel with easily as you will build up a close working relationship them, so I find it's useful if you are similar in your parenting style.
U may find it useful to write a list of things you need to know/ must haves such as
do they charge bank holidays
how much holiday they take
what meals they offer
do they do many drop offs/ pick ups to schools preschools
other children etc
also give a few a call, they will be happy to answer and questions you have (and if their not their not worth considering!)
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