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Childminder vs nursery dilemma

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RidgeyRidge Sun 30-Apr-17 17:55:20

I withdrew my dd from nursery due to a nappy rash incident (along with other issues) and she is with a childminder at the moment. This was originally a temporary place as I had already planned to leave the other nursery and had secured a place at a new nursery starting in July.

My dilemma is this... dd has settled in really well with the childminder who does lots of activities and days out with the children, is flexible, has staff (So no issues with sickness or holidays) and has been all round amazing. Do I uproot her in July and send her to the new nursery, or stick with our childminder?

I've had so many conflicting views from friends and family. I guess my main issue is that I don't want her to miss out educationally and I can't really gauge how much more the nursery will provide.

Silverdream Sun 30-Apr-17 18:02:52

I'd stick. If it works and your D is playing and developing well that's enough.
Could the CM take and pick up from a playgroup for a couple of sessions a week so she gets used to a routine in school type setting.

At the end of the day it doesn't matter where she is as long as she is safe, age appropriately stimulated for her age , interacting with peers and very happy it'll be perfect.

Nothing's perfect and people have personal views on their preference so you'll never find the ideal thing to do. Go with your gut.

RidgeyRidge Sun 30-Apr-17 19:15:45

That's really helpful thank you. The childminder does do pick ups/drop offs so I'll be sure to ask her.

thethoughtfox Sun 30-Apr-17 19:16:56

According to the child psychologist Oliver Jones (FWIW) the home style setting of the childminder with less children and staff, is better for children than a nursery setting.

thethoughtfox Sun 30-Apr-17 19:17:21

*Oliver James

SlB09 Sun 30-Apr-17 19:19:11

Dont registered childminders have to work to the early years educational framework too anyway? I could be wrong but I wouldnt worry re educationally, shell gain a world of goodness from being safe, secure and learning through play x

Aliveinwanderland Sun 30-Apr-17 19:21:22

Childminders have to work to the same framework as nurseries so educationally she will be the same in either setting.

I would leave her. Sounds like you've found a good childminder, stick with it!

noimaginationatall Sun 30-Apr-17 19:23:33

Personally I would stick with a childminder. They have much more flexibility and are able to cater to the individual needs of the child easier.
All you want your child to be able to do by the time they reach school age is get along well with other, share, have good manners, dress and undress themselves mostly and have good communication.
I personally believe a childminder is best placed to do this.
I am a teacher and I see pressures nurseries are under to get children to achieve! It takes away from actual learning as they are being assessed constantly!

MsAwesomeDragon Sun 30-Apr-17 19:31:47

I would stick with the childminder. If it's working and she's happy why would you change that?

My experience with childminders has been fantastic. I've used 3 over the years (dd1 went to 2 different ones due to one retiring, then dd2 went to a different one as we'd moved towns by then) and they've all been wonderful for my dds. They have done all the educational things you'd expect from a nursery, provided plenty of opportunities for socialisation at toddler groups/cm groups, etc.

RidgeyRidge Sun 30-Apr-17 20:51:21

smilesmilesmile thank you for putting my mind at rest. What everyone has said makes complete sense. Thank you.

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