DD is 15months old and has always been clingly but I feel she is improving. I need childcare for one or one and a half days per week.
I spoke to some childminders at baby group and they will get back to me to let me know if they can take dd. I also spoke to a lady that works as a mothers help/ nanny who said she charges £8 per hour. Does this sound like a reasonable price?
I started thinking it would be nicer for dd to be at home while beening looked after but it is much more expensive than the childminder.
Also I feel it would be good for dd to be around other children for a whole day as we do not spend time with any children that are similar age to dd and she always wants to play with bigger children as she is used to her big cousins.
I feel nursery may be over whelming for dd, she is confident but used to 1 on 1 attention.
I think she would prob be better off at home with a nanny if shes used to a lot of 1 to 1 attention. But that doesnt mean she cant interact with other children as most nannies have nanny friends and get together with all the children. (i used to be a nanny before i had my children) This way she has the best of both worlds.
DS is with a CM in north London who has 1 other toddler and 2 before and after school. She often has her dh and/or oldest daughter there for part of the time and ds gets as much attention as he would at home if not more, plus he meets older children, they go out to groups etc.
CM rates vary a lot, ours is at the cheaper end for the area but there are others asking similar amounts - £5 an hour but only £30/day.
On my experience although it's obviously not something that can be guaranteed, your dd might well do things differently with someone else. ds has much longer naps with CM than he does at home often, and he's learning an awful lot, whether from her or imitating other kids - she was newly registered last year but has 5 of her own.
Usually starts between 8.15 and 9 am until 5.30 (depends on who's taking him) but she takes other mindees (same family) at 7.30 and we've taken ds round at that time twice by advance agreement so I could get to appointments. So in practice it's about 9 hours or slightly under, in theory she would be available for 10.5 hours for the same day rate.
Have you got the full printed list from Childcare Information Service for your area? Not all childminders want to list their details online and I found the printed list had a lot more information.