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help make a choice between these two childminders.

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festi Fri 26-Aug-11 10:50:01

childminder A), pg and due two weeks after dd would start with her she is having 6 weeks off, this was intitialy a big problem for me but another mum has offered to pick DD up, but that leaves half term for me to have to sort out 3 full days. The lady has lots of energy and a big presence, that to me is a bit of a down side as she seems loude and the kind of person in the playground evryone knows is there talks loudly and openly about everything and is friends with lots of mums, im more private ecpecialy in the play ground and keep very much out of playground politics, im not sure she does. But saying that her enery and vibrance is probably a positive for the children. She will be looking after 3 other children in DDs class again a positive particularly for dd but worried about the downside of this, politics etc.

Childminder B) is older and looks after only one more child not sure on dds days but this child is a baby. Although dd will only be there 2 hours on 2 afternoons. Much quieter lady with less of a presence in the playground and in general. less toys and activities seem avilible in her house than lady As house.

opinions from others wanted please to help memake my mind up.

Filibear Fri 26-Aug-11 10:54:53

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SiamoFottuti Fri 26-Aug-11 10:57:42

I would put this in the Childminders section, since it is about as far from an AIBU as you can get.

hmm

Dozer Fri 26-Aug-11 10:59:47

How old is DD? Are the contractual terms and conditions and prices similar?

I would probably go for B. CM A will probably be really frazzled with a baby (late afternoons are grumpy times, even for the most placid babies). My brother and I had an elderly male childminder for a long time, he generally just asked us about our day, got us a basic snack, then read his paper and let us do whatever (didn't have much to do, but we drew, played, read, watched TV or whatever) and it was quite nice just to chill out at the end of the school day.

Also, don't think that kids necessarily need to socialise after school, and there're plenty of other evenings for this anyway.

Rowena8482 Fri 26-Aug-11 11:00:24

The thing with A having a newborn - what if the baby needs extra care, or just wipes her out more than she expects? It's all very well saying "oh I will have 6 weeks off and be back at work/my old self" but until the baby arrives, she can't possibly know how she will feel and what she'll be able/feel like doing when. I'd be worried she's be unreliable - not from the actual childcare pov but actually being able to take your DD on the days she's supposed to. It's no good if she's been up all night with a baby, and feels like death warmed up, and is past herself with nothing done in the house, and then you add your DD to the mix... espcially with a newborn AND three other kids!

festi Fri 26-Aug-11 11:06:16

I posted here because I wanted quick responces from a variety of people and pretty much anything seems to go in AIBU.

Filibear Fri 26-Aug-11 11:06:52

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SiamoFottuti Fri 26-Aug-11 11:11:02

only when people put random stuff here for no good reason. Don't be so bloody lazy, and go find the right section. Or even chat.

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