Is that odd? I saw a CM the other day who just hangs out with her mindees in the park or at home - doesn;t go to CM drop ins. Is this unusual? Her little troop of boys were very happy, but in contrast to the 2 other CMs I saw who seemed to spend almost all day out of the house! SHe says she doesn't get time, and does organised activity in her home rather than at a group
I know several childminders who are very much home-based - they will go for local walks, to the park etc., but not to any social groups with other adults/children.
If that is what a parent is happy with, then I think it's OK.
Personally, there is no way I could stay sane in this job if I didn't go out and about. I take my mindees out somewhere every morning - toddler group, soft play, music group etc. Again, if a parent doesn't want that, then they won't choose me as their childminder.
Some children don't like going to groups and prefer to play with other mindees who they know. If they are getting out, plus she is making sure their normal routines are a priority I think she seems excellant
I interviewed one CM who said she didn't go to groups as she found them too cliquey... tbh s do I, but I used to take my DD to groups anyway as I know she enjoys it. I might have let it go if she had a couple of kids on her roll, but she only had one other on the days I wanted DD to go. It depends on the child I suppose, but my DD is very social and gets wired up if you don't get out at least once a day to meet other children.
"troop of little boys" sounds like she has quite a gang and maybe they can entertina each other? I am happy that my CM doesn;t go to groups during the summer much (not that there;s many open anyway) because her two boys 7 and 11 are home and they tend to keep DS very busy with playing football and generally being a hooligan.
Think DS would get very bored staying at home all day during term though.
CM groups are extremely cliquey. So much so they reduced my CM friend to tears. Parent and toddler groups are normally lovely though. I stick to these. Much more friendly I'm surprised she doesn't go to any, but as long as she's getting the children out for fresh air then I'm sure that's fine.
I cant find a good group/toddler session in my area. The ones that are on offer are dreadful! There isn't much space, lack of toys, too many kids crammed in one room. And my local cm group is very clicky - can't stand it.
We tend to visit the park every day (weather permitting), library, farm up the rd, art class, have other cms and mindees to visit. I always have 2/3 kids each day so they always have a play friend.
Was thinking of opening up a group/toddler session but I just don't have the time these days. Hoping someone else will!
Thanks all, she doesn't seem to meet with other cms either, but her husband is around a lot (jobbing actor) and they do art, piano, singing and dancing with the 3 boys she minds. And they go to the park every morning. As I said they seem very happy which I know is key - I am sure I am just looking for a reason to never leave pfb with anyone, ever