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References - what's important to a CM?

(6 Posts)
holidaygirl Fri 08-Jul-05 12:52:53

I am putting together a reference for my childminder, who as I've mentioned is wonderful, as she needs an updated one for her pack.

I could go on about how great she is with our DD but would like to know from a CM's point of view what's important on a reference. Which areas of care should I concentrate on when singing her praises so that future parents (or inspectors) get a good indication of just how well she does her job.

Any thoughts welcome.


KatyMac Fri 08-Jul-05 13:09:17

Is she reliable and dependable

Does she do a good handover when you drop off and pick up

Do you always know what is happening

Does she ever cancel at short notice without a reasonable excuse

Does she provide a high standard of care, does she educate

I'll add more if I think a bit more

(lovely btw that you will write a ref - I bet she appreciates it)

ThePrisoner Fri 08-Jul-05 20:38:46

Provides loving, caring home environment? Makes u feel welcome in her home?

How long she's cared for your child (especially if it's been long-term!); good continuity of care if nursery/school runs accommodated as child has grown older?

Involves children in activities outside the home (library, music groups, park, outings)?

... and everything KatyM has said ...

ThePrisoner Fri 08-Jul-05 20:46:18

... and could u write one for me two while you're at it ... ??

ThePrisoner Fri 08-Jul-05 20:46:37

or "too" even

holidaygirl Sun 10-Jul-05 15:36:19

Thanks for all the pointers, it really helped focus my thoughts. Hope my reference does her justice, she really is fab!


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