QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A CHILDMINDER
About the childminderWhat do you enjoy most about the job?
How long have you been a childminder?
About their training
What relevant qualifications do you have?What training have you done?
About their setting
How many other children do you look after, how old are they and how long have you been looking after them?Do you have any children of your own? How old are they?
Getting out and aboutDo you and the children regularly go on outings during the week? Do you ever go on special trips out?
What would you do in an emergency involving yourself or one of the children?
Do you ever take the children out in the car, and if so, do you have suitable insurance cover, seat belts and car seats for this?
Meeting registration requirementsHow do you support the EYFS (in England) or the Foundation Phase (in Wales)?
How do you make sure the individual needs of each child are met?
Remember that if you phone during the day the childminder is likely to have children around, so it's always best to ask if it’s a good time to talk and keep your questions short. If the childminder seems suitable, arrange a time and day to visit.