Discuss everything related to paid childcare here, including childminders, nannies, nurseries and au pairs.
Too early to start contacting CMs?
blissieblue · 26/01/2007 08:38
After a review of our finances it looks like I will definitely be going back to work at least part time in about a year. DS will be nearly 3 and baby (due in March) 10 months. I've thought about it and I'd prefer to use a childminder - especially for the baby, even though DS will probably have started at nursery a couple of mornings a week by then.
Is it too early to start contacting local childminders given that I obviously don't know where or when I'll be working? Also I don't know where DS will be at nursery yet and if he is at nursery it would probably mean the childminder picking him up from there - is this something most childminders can do?
It might take quite a while for me to find the right job and how will I manage if starting that job doesn't coincide with places at a CM coming up? In your experience how do other parents manage this?
I really want to have an idea of how all this will work but don't want to waste people's time when I can only be at best very vague about what I will need!
gooseegg · 26/01/2007 21:15
I wouldn't mind at all being contacted and visited as long as the parent was honest about their situation. It's great to see parents doing their research properly.
Visits from any new parents are always good practice, and it's nice to chat, and you never know who they may recommend you to.
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