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Benefits of using a childminder

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Some parents have found that childminding in a home environment can be more flexible than other forms of childcare. Many childminders are able to offer:

  • early starts
  • pick-ups from your home
  • breakfast for your child
  • the school run
  • trips to nursery, pre-school, toddler groups or soft play sessions
  • snacks and drinks
  • collection from school
  • help with homework
  • drop-off at after-school activities
  • supper
  • overnight care
  • emergency care
  • childcare for shift workers
  • term-time only, or school holiday care

Small groups

Because childminders only care for small groups of children, childminders are ideally placed to care for babies and under-2s, giving them the individual attention and attachment young children need. Caring for mixed age ranges also means brothers and sisters can be cared for together, making life easier for the whole family. And being with others of different ages helps children learn to work and play together.

Community-based

There are childminders in every community and from all cultures and walks of life. Your child will be able to take part in local activities such as playgroup, music sessions or Rainbows. They will also get to know the sights, sounds and residents of their local community.

Wrap-around care

Childminders are flexible in their hours and can provide care before and after school – including picking up and dropping children off. In the school holidays childminders can care for your older children while you’re at work and will usually offer a host of different activities to keep them occupied.


Working with your childminder

Starting out on a business-like footing is essential for a successful childminding arrangement.

Contract

Having a properly written and signed contract is vital. It should clearly set out:

  • the hours your child will be cared for, including details such as holiday arrangements
  • the fee the childminder will charge for their service plus details of any additional charges and payment terms
  • what to do if you, your child or the childminder are sick
  • the retainer fee or deposit and the settling-in period that you agree.

You and the childminder should spend time reading the contract together carefully before signing. Note a date on which to review the contract – usually every six to 12 months. You will need to sign a separate contract for each child, as even children from the same family may have different circumstances and requirements.

Best business

Your childminder is a childcare professional – even if they feel like a member of the family. Remember that they are running a business and are counting on you to pay them on time, to keep to the daily arrival and collection times and to let them know of any changes that might occur.

It's good to talk!

Make time for regular chats with your childminder – daily or weekly. It’s a great opportunity to find out how your child is getting on and to ensure that you’re all still happy with the childminding arrangement.

Many childminders use a journal or an online record keeping system to keep notes about what your child has done during the day, including details of nappy changes, food they’ve eaten and naps they’ve taken.

You can use this journal, too, to keep your childminder informed. For example, noting in the journal that you and your child have just read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" for the first time, your child could continue exploring the story further with the childminder.


Ofsted

"The childminder provides an extremely calm, inspiring and highly stimulating environment. Children are constantly fully engaged in their learning and they explore the many interesting and exciting resources."

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