I use a really lovely childminder who is fab but i have a few general CM questions that i need to have answered as have a few niggling worries about things.
CM has been looking after 2 brothers for 5 years. Eldest just started school and she now looks after their youngest sibling, a baby.
She also looks after my DS and another little girl.
How many children is she allowed in her care if she is looking after an under 2?
She also collects her own child from school at end of day - does her own child count as a child in her care?
I am a little concerned that the band of brothers form a united front and gang up on my DS as when we collected him once they both pushed our DS over. I wonder if this is a frequent occurance or not.
he seems happy in her care when he gets there although when we try to get him ready to go to hers he always kicks up a fuss about going, but i think that is more because he is 2 and kicks up a fuss about anything at the moment.
How do i approach asking her things without sounding like an over-bearing mum? She is a wonderful lady and i don't want to offend by charging in like a bull in a china shop IYSWIM.
They don't so children in reception still need EYFS observations & planning. However while attending school for 10 session (5 days morning & afternoon) they count as a 5yo for ratio purposes - they used to be called 'rising fives' not sure what the current name for them is.
Otherwise we would all refuse to look after reception children as they took a FT space but could only bring 3 hrs (or so) income