Working in partnership with parents

I know myself that picking a childminder can be a daunting task and as a parent I understand your concern for finding the right person. Leaving your child with a stranger for the first time is a huge step for both you and your child. This is why it’s of the utmost importance that you and I develop a good working relationship so that you are comfortable and happy leaving your child and most importantly that your child is happy and settled.

Here are just some of the ways I work in partnership with parents to ensure your child is getting the best possible care –

  • You will come and meet me and get a feel for both me and my setting
  • You will be given the opportunity to view my qualifications and certificates
  • We will then decide a start date and discuss your requirements for settling in sessions – these can be as many or as few as you would like
  • I will ask for your child’s “Starting points”. For babies these will be the EYFS 3 prime areas (as defined by the government and Early Years professionals) which are –
  • Physical Development,
  • Communication & Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

For older children it will be the 3 prime areas plus the EYFS 4 specific areas  –

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the World
  • You will complete a comprehensive form about your child telling me all about them (their sleep preferences, eating habits, allergies, any comforters etc).
  • I will observe and plan for your child’s time with me – All observations will be made available to view at your convenience on an online system where you can also view pictures of them
  • I will email you termly updates about your child’s progress and development
  • In between all of the above we will have doorstop chats, emails and text messages to discuss your child.

In addition, I am always available by phone or email whenever you wish to chat.

Two of my mindees have moved on this week due to changing circumstances with their parents work. I was very touched to receive lovely bouquets of flowers and chocolates from them both. Both said their children were very happy in my care which is always lovely to hear.

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