I visited a childminder this morning as I have to go back to work in September. I have phoned several but only had one appointment made with the woman I saw this morning.
I know the advice is not to go with the first one you see but I really liked this woman. She immediately knelt down to talk to him and she came across as a warm and caring person. She has been doing this for 20 years and recently conpleted an NVQ level 3. Ofsted has also rated her as outstanding. I saw her portfoliio with references (and I have telephone numbers of previous parents to contact) and her welcome pack she gives to new parents. She had 2 children there today and they seemed happy and busy.
The thing is, I have employed a childminder before 7.5 years ago so I do think I know what to look for.
My DS by the way was very happy there when we visited and smiled broadly at the minder.
Should I go see others or just go with my gut instinct and employ this person to look after DS?
Thanks for your replies. I'll speak to DP tonight and ring her on MOnday. I have been so anxious about finding childcare as I have been unable to even think about going back to work until very recently. Hwever, this has been so easy. Hurray!!
No reason to carry on looking if you are pefrectly happy with your first visit is there? Sounds like you have got a good un there, get in there before someone else does!
Although you should drop the employing her bit if you don't wish to offend her , you do not employ a Childminder, they are self employed and offer a service which you can choose to use or not bit like a plumber if you will - bug bear!!!