Childminders are a popular choice when choosing childcare, as many parents want their child to be cared for in a home environment. Parental Choice will help you find a childminder close to you who can provide care in a family environment.
Childminders provide care outside of or in the home. If you are looking for childminders in my area, then we can help you find and choose a childminder. Because you are looking for quality care for your child or children, you should look to establish a special relationship between you and your childminder.
Ask to see their daily/weekly routine. Watch out for a childminder who is rarely at home if you have made this choice for a home-care setting.
Ask for the childminder to describe what and how they plan for the children in their care. They should tell you that they observe the children to see what they know and can do, and what they are interested in, before planning what to do.
Ask about the type of activities that are on offer to the children. Ensure that these are ‘experiences’ rather than product producing. Remember that babies and young children need to explore and investigate using all of their senses in order to build connections in the brain.
Ask if they are registered for Nursery Education Grant funding. This could help you with finance once their child is three years of age.
Ask what schools or nurseries they drop-off or pick-up from. This might have an effect on whether they can drop-off or pick-up from your chosen nursery or school in the future.