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Choosing a Childminder - Questions to ask

Questions to ask your childminder

Have you any vacancies?

How long have you been childminding?

What extra training have you done?

What other children do you care for, and how old are they?

Are you an inclusive setting and what particular knowledge and expertise do you have to enable you to care for children with SEND?

Can you supply me with references?

Do you charge for sick days and holidays?

Have you a copy of your policies or a prospectus?

Do you have a copy of your latest Ofsted Inspection Report?

Which rooms do you use for childminding? (They should show you round.)

Where will my child sleep? Make sure it is quiet.

How do you spend the day and how will the other children’s schedules fit in with my child? What outings and experiences do you offer the children?

Do you provide properly-fitted car seats?

What kind of meals and drinks do you provide?

Do you keep a file about a child’s progress? Most childminders use Learning Stories

Do you offer a settling in period?

Also remember...

Look to see the childminder’s up-to-date registration/approval, public liability insurance and first aid certificates on display.

Check all rooms and the garden are registered and insured; otherwise your child will be excluded from those areas.

Ask how many other adults will be in the house.

Agree on feeding, learning, TV watching and discipline policies, etc.

It is very important to discuss the contract; it should cover hours, pay, sickness, holiday and bank holiday pay. Remember to keep the signed contract safe so you can refer to it in the future.

Ask whether the childminder can provide funded early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Ask whether they offer “blended provision” and will take your child to a local pre-school and pick them up afterwards if you choose to use this option when your child is old enough (It is possible to share the funding between 2 settings).

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