Hi I was just wondering, do you have to a have a layout in your house, do you have to have safety blankets and obv stairgates etc, Do you have to have so much amount of toys in and for outside? Does your house like need to be safe evrywhere, and how safe?
A lot of questions to answer, but I'll try. I've lived in 3 houses with different layouts from traditional Edwardian to modern open plan, and they've all worked. The main thing is you mustn't have more children than you've room for this will be taken account of when registering. Yes, a fire blanket is obligatory.
Basic safety requirements are - stairgates, front door children can't get out of, children can't access: chemicals/medicines/sharp knives/diy stuff, socket covers, children can't escape out of garden, fire exits kept clear, children can't fall out of windows, working smoke detectors, safety harness on highchair - I'm sure there are more.
All risks have to be identified and assessed e.g. may get rid of coffee table with sharp edges as risk to toddlers is too great, but may decide not to put finger guard on door jamb if you mind older children who have been warned not to put fingers in the gap. It's a matter of common sense and judgement often.
As for toys (the fun part!) - the children should be occupied and stimulated, this may not mean having loads of plastic toys, but most childminders will have quite a lot of stuff.
I would only take a few newayz, thankyou for that, that's helped to know what info I need.House is bigger enough, but partner wants to change stuff in the house. Mean my front door has a high handle, a garden they couldn't escape from, small but reasonable, got a big house, but banisters loose at the min, and we got two bedrooms and a bathroom, got lock on it. Wud u just put stairgates where necesaary or are they suppose to be able to play newhere. I have a big dining room, so i cud just use that room for playing. Iv'e worked in many nurseries so i'd know what fun things to do. What about eating, like do u need maybe smaller tables. I got lots to ask, hehe, soz people
Yes, a small table and chairs for eating and playing at are really, really useful - I got some very nice ones second-hand from a playgroup who were changing all theirs for different coloured newer ones - and a friend got her chairs from an infant school who were renewing theirs, so could be worth phoning round.
I use low tables for the little ones too. I also have a drop leaf table and fold up chairs that I use for the older children's board games/lego etc and we can fold it away when we need the floor space for other games.