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Finding a childminder

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Maia290 Wed 21-Sep-11 22:21:09

Could anybody advise me of how I can find a childminder without having to pay a subscription fee to a website?
I live in Berrylands/Surbiton and I am looking for a childminder from the start of next year.

RitaMorgan Wed 21-Sep-11 23:02:25

Call the council or the Family Information Service and ask for a list.

gosiajm Thu 22-Sep-11 13:38:46

gumtree, google: childminder in (postcode)...

anewyear Thu 22-Sep-11 13:40:14

Your local Childrens Center may have a list?
And I thought I read somewhere, cant remember where tho, that primary schools hold lists of childminders too?

oranges Thu 22-Sep-11 13:45:44

Your local council should have a list. Or search through the OFSTED website.

squinker45 Thu 22-Sep-11 15:45:21

ofsted website no good as contact details, names and addresses are not on there. It's local council for a list. FIS have just inexplicably removed their search tool unfortunately.

An0therName Thu 22-Sep-11 15:53:40

your local coucil may have a service - its not called FIS anymore
or ask about at toddler groups etc

RitaMorgan Thu 22-Sep-11 17:59:19

I think it still is FIS - it is where I am anyway!

You should be able to find details of all the local FIS here -

vez123 Fri 23-Sep-11 13:04:30

I found our lovely childminder through a recommendation after wading through council lists. Wherever you go don't be afraid to ask people if they know someone. This is what i did and our childminder was not even on any council lists or websites because she did not need to.

Dozer Fri 23-Sep-11 15:56:02

The council lists (where I am anyway) are shite, they only have people with current vacancies, send reams of . was good for us, but you do have to pay, think it's £20 for 3 months.

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