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What do you look for at a childminders?

(7 Posts)
JesusDontWantMeForASunbeam Thu 30-Mar-17 15:53:01

Help! I have my first prospective parent visiting tomorrow. Currently tidying and making the house look presentable (full time job term time at present so it's a bit messy). My paperwork is sorted, I have tea and coffee. Should I buy biscuits? Set up activities for the DCs?

I'm a bit flustered so apologies for the stupid questions!

nannynick Fri 31-Mar-17 06:31:04

I'm a childcarer myself so not a parent view but I would be looking for a welcoming atmosphere, somewhere lived in not a show house.

Good luck, be yourself.

ilovesouthlondon Mon 03-Apr-17 08:18:52

How did it go?

JesusDontWantMeForASunbeam Mon 03-Apr-17 15:23:07

One parent signed up on the spot. The other I haven't heard back from. I'm a socially inept twat when I first meet people. Managed not to offer drinks (so I now look inhospitable) and I just babbled nonsensically to her for 15 minutes)

ilovesouthlondon Mon 03-Apr-17 18:18:59

Wow you got a mindee right away! I'm new to childminding and just completed the course last week, so very interested!

insancerre Mon 03-Apr-17 20:23:32

Follow up the viewing with a phone call within 24 hours
I manage a nursery and I always follow up viewings
I just ask if they need any more info and have they made a decision about their childcare
Sometimes they give good feedback even if try don't sign up. E.g. They need an earlier start time

vvviola Mon 03-Apr-17 22:59:17

It's the interaction between the children and the minder for me. I chose our minder before I'd even seen her house - she called down to visit us as she was passing and we'd just moved in. She charmed DD2 into actually having a conversation with her within minutes (DD2 takes ages to be comfortable with people), and quite clearly had the measure of DD1.

The house visit was more of a confirmation for me that she was the right person - I didn't even bring the DC.

I'd rejected a couple of other options as I didn't think they'd work (one thought livewire DD1 was too boisterous for a girl, another didn't make any effort at all with DD2)

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