If you have children, they are likely the most precious parts of your life. They fill your heart with joy, their innocence makes you smile, and their insolence can be very frustrating. At the end of the day, though, you would do anything for them and will always protect them to the best of your ability. That’s what makes it so difficult these days to have to leave them in someone else’s care.
Working to pay the bills, going to the grocery, and other tasks that need completed in order to run your household, not to mention taking time to spend one on one with your partner are all very important. But is it worth the trouble it takes to find a childminder? Or are you better off switching schedules with your partner or asking a relative or a close friend to help care for your children? There are times when none of these options will work for you and your only choice is to find someone new to your life to care for your child.
It can often be quite difficult to find a quality childminder. Unfortunately, the news is full of stories of childminders taking on more children than they could handle resulting in cases of neglect including malnourishment, lice infestation, lack of proper hygiene, even physical abuse. Regulation is needed to help curb these kinds of horrible tragedies. Indeed, the UK Parliament is now holding debates on what types of regulation changes should be put into place in an ongoing effort to solve these issues.
In the meantime, you want to be sure that your child is properly cared for when you are not able to be with them. So how do you sift through all of your options to find a safe, reliable childminder? For certain the choice is made easier if you have the option of choosing someone familiar to you. When this isn’t possible, it is best to go by word of mouth. Ask around. Possibly someone that you know, a friend or a colleague, has hired a childminder that they found to be trustworthy.
At the very least, be sure that your childminder has completed the pediatric first aid certificate as well as an introductory childcare course. If possible, check these certificates yourself. Take references: if the prospective childminder cannot or will not provide them, look elsewhere. Preferably, your childminder will have years of experience caring for children and will come highly recommended from someone that you trust. Our children are too vulnerable, and too important to be put at risk.
Please be aware that the articles on this site are written by mothers who are discussing their own experiences and their own opinions. They do not, and are not meant to, represent professional advice and should be read with that point firmly in mind.
Our children’s welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the slightest doubt about any aspect of caring for a child you are urged to seek qualified, specialist advice from a professional advisor.