What is a Childminder?
A childminder is a childcare professional who looks after children in their own home. This provides a family setting for children to grow and learn. Childminders are regulated by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) . Please click on this link for more information http://www.ofsted.gov.uk
What qualifications do you have?
I am City & Guilds Level 3 Qualified having completed a Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce. I have also undertaken courses in Safeguarding, Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and my professional development is ongoing. Myself and my husband are DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service).
What age children do you care for?
Aged 10 months to 5 years old.
How much do you charge?
My hourly rate for early years children is £5 payable monthly in advance. For before and after school care I charge £2.50 per half an hour. Holiday care only is charged at £5 per hour. Any babysitting over and above working hours is charged at £6.50 per hour.
Do you provide snacks/meals?
Snacks and drinks are included in the hourly rate (such as fresh & dried fruits, vegetables, biscuits, crumpets, breadsticks, toast, cheese, yoghurt, etc).
You are required to supply baby food/milk for your baby which can be eaten cold or warmed up by me. You are required to provide all meals for your child - I can warm food but I cannot cook any foods. If you would like me to provide breakfast and/or lunch there is a separate charge which we can discuss at our initial meeting.
What about nappies, wipes etc?
You are required to provide nappies, wipes, creams, sunscreen and a change of clothes for your child. Please provide outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather - hats & gloves for winter, sun hat, cardigans or lightweight coat for summer, etc. Please bring a coat for your child regardless of the weather. It is easier to take layers off! Please ensure your child has appropriate footwear for outings/walks so that their feet are well protected.
Do I sign a contract?
You will be asked to sign a contract which is legally binding and will protect both you and I. The contract will be specific to your child's care.
What information do you keep about me/my child?
Each child will have a personal folder which will be kept in a locked cabinet. The folder will be available for you to view at any time. You will only be able to view information for your child(ren). Your child(ren) will not be mentioned in other children's folders. All information I will obtain about you and your child(ren) will be kept in this file. I will observe and record details of your child(ren)'s development and make notes and keep photographic evidence of achievements. These observations will be typed up in a document which will be password protected. Each parent will be given their own unique password and URL so they can log on and view these observations at any time from a computer with internet access. This is a highly restricted area which only myself and the parent have access to.
Can I come to visit you to help me decide whether to use your service?
Yes. I would ask that you and your child come to visit. It is important for you to see how your child and I interact. I am a parent myself, and am open to questions you may have, please feel free to note down anything you wish to ask and bring this along to our first visit. If you think of further questions after our visit, you are more than welcome to phone or email me. Deciding who will care for your child is a big decision!
How do you ease the settling in period?
Getting used to a new carer can be difficult for some children and can be upsetting for parents. We will work together to help your child settle in. We can do this with several visits, to begin with you may stay with your child, gradually leaving him/her for longer spells until he/she is happy.