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Questions for minder-advice please!

(12 Posts)
thereareworsethingsicoulddo Thu 14-Apr-16 16:18:34

I'm meeting with a prospective childminder for my DS next week. What questions do I need to ask her aside from the obvious hours and cost? I'm very nervous about leaving my PFB please help!

Paulat2112 Thu 14-Apr-16 16:23:12

What does she charge for your holidays/her holidays/bank holidays
Why did she get into cm?
What kind of activities doe she do at home?
What places do they visit?
Do they attend toddler groups/cm groups?
What kind of food does she serve?
Is food included?
Who else lives at home?
Ask to see registration, insurance, disclosure etc

thereareworsethingsicoulddo Thu 14-Apr-16 16:28:03

Thanks Paula. Being a bit thick now, what do you mean by disclosure?

Paulat2112 Thu 14-Apr-16 16:29:16

Their criminal back ground check. It has different names depending which country you are in in the UK smile

Tanith Thu 14-Apr-16 17:05:06

You don't need to see a childminder's disclosure and it's not appropriate to ask for it. It's a private document for Ofsted and they have done the checking for you.

If she has a registration certificate, that is your assurance that she is checked as suitable to work with young children.

thereareworsethingsicoulddo Thu 14-Apr-16 18:21:32

How important is it that they are Ofsted Registered?

Nan0second Thu 14-Apr-16 18:24:00

It's the law that they are registered if caring for more than 2 hours a day so vital!!

Balletgirlmum Thu 14-Apr-16 18:24:14

Very important as its illegal to childmind children under 8 without being OFSTED registered.

thereareworsethingsicoulddo Thu 14-Apr-16 18:38:24

Aha ok. So a 'registered childminder' means Ofsted registered? Sorry if I seem a bit naive!

NickNacks Thu 14-Apr-16 19:11:38

Yes it does. Do you need any more help?

peppatax Thu 14-Apr-16 19:16:46

Maybe not so relevant for a baby but what is their method of discipline - naughty step, warnings etc - just for consistency with home where possible. What they do if food is not eaten (offer alternative/reporting back)

thereareworsethingsicoulddo Thu 14-Apr-16 20:09:28

Thanks everyone that's really useful smile

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