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Does anyone know of a good childminder in the dulwich/herne hill area that they would recommend? I need childcare for my twins who will a year old when I go back to work for 2 days a week.
Also if anyone has general advice on finding a childminder, it would be gratefully received!
Hiya, You can check on the internet for the childcare link, that will give you a list of ofsted registered cms who have a vacancy, or netmums have local boards for childcare and lots of cms advertise their vacancies on there as well. hope that helps
And Alibubbles list of questions to ask:
How long have you been working with children?
What training have you had? Any qualifications? Are you part of a network, achieved a quality assurance qualification, look at registration certificate, insurance details, business use for car. First aid must be no more than 3 years old, food hygiene certificate, Certificate in Childminding practice or NVQ 3, Contracts and record forms
Do you enjoy being with children and why?
Can I look around, see the rooms and outside play space? If there is no outside play space - how will you make sure my child gets the chance to play outside?
Where will my child rest?
What kind of food and drink will you give? Can I see a menu?
What will my child do all day?
How do you encourage good behaviour?
Will my child be with a regular group of children? How old are they? How will their timetable fit in with my child?
How will you make sure I know how my child is getting on?
What hours is she open?
How much does she charge?
What about when my child is sick, holidays, days off
What do you do in an emergency?
When was her last Ofsted, can you see the report?
Top 10 Quality Pointers
When you visit possible childcare options, look for these Quality Pointers:
Are the children calm, safe, happy and busy?
Do children play and talk together?
Is the childminder listening to the children and answering them carefully?
Is the childminder friendly and proud of her work?
Is she joining in joining in with what the children are doing?
Are there lots of fun activities planned to help children learn and play? Can children plan some of these activities themselves?
Are there plenty of clean toys and equipment for children to use?
Is the premises clean, well kept and safe for children with a fun outside play area (or will the child go to parks and other places regularly)?
Do parents have plenty of chances to say what they want for their children?
If there are other things you want to know, don't be afraid to ask. Good childminders expect you to ask questions and will be happy to answer them.
Always take up references. You could ask for names of other parents to talk to about the service
Listen to your child and find out more if he/she is unhappy
Always trust your own feelings about your childcare - you know your child best
I'm a childminder living in Herne Hill (sorry I have no vacancies at the moment) but can ask around for you as I know some good childminders in the Dulwich/Herne Hill area (we all help each other out)!
When will you be going back to work and do you know which days you will be working yet?
Thanks for the advice - really really helpful!
Scarfmaker, I'm going back to work at the beginning of April 09 for two days a week (thurs and one other)
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