detailed issues are best discussed in person. You
might like to know what experience they have in caring
for children. All
registered childminders have a registration certificate
which must be displayed when they are childminding,
you should ask to see it and read the terms which
apply. It indicates the ages and numbers of children
the childminder can care for at any one time, it also
states other conditions e.g. whether the childminder
can provide overnight care. It is normal to ask to see areas
of the house where your child would be cared for.
may have certain preferences, activities or dietary
needs etc., these should be discussed with the
Childminder. However, it will be up to the Childminder
to consider whether they can fit your requests into their routine.
is normal for the Childminder to ask you questions to
help them get an understanding of your child and
how the arrangements would work. The Childminder will
require you to complete a written contract agreeing
to the terms and conditions you have discussed. Other
paperwork will also be requested to be completed, these
are necessary documents and must be completed prior
to you leaving your child in their care.
an arrangement to succeed, it is vital that there is
trust and communication on both sides. Make it
your first priority to establish these things.