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 –
- 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.