Before you make a final decision about the best childcare to suit your and your child's needs, go through these lists and answer all the questions to make sure you haven't forgotten anything important.
- Have you looked at several local options to get a good idea of what's available?
- Have you worked out exactly how much it will cost you each week?
- If you can't afford your preferred option, have you found out what Government help may be available?
- Is the carer trained and/or experienced?
- Have you spoken in person to at least one (preferably two) parents who've used the carer and heard good things about her?
- Does the carer respond to your child as an individual and communicate well with you? Are you and your child made to feel welcome?
- Is she willing to help you continue your child's routine with things such as sleep, food or any special needs?
- Is she willing to fit in with your ideas on discipline, toilet teaching, sweets and other issues?
- Does she like children and enjoy caring for them?
- If outside your own home, is the place safe, clean and well-equipped?
- Will your child have contact with other children?
- Is there a safe outside space where your child can play?
- Are there plenty of appropriate toys, and will your child have lots of opportunities to play with them?
- Is it an environment in which your child will feel happy and confident in terms of ability, race, culture, language or gender?
- Do you like the person who'll have responsibility for your child?
- Do you find them easy to talk to and willing to listen?
- Do you feel relieved to have found someone you can trust?
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