Member Advice on Choosing Childcare

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As this is a very emotive topic I'm going to try my very hardest to give a balanced argument of the pros and cons regarding who should be providing childcare. Should it be the parents or is it wise/acceptable to use alternative child care? Do parents work full time to exist exist or is it because ... Read review

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Who Should Care For Your Child? Review with images

AdvantagesIt's great to be the main carer and spend lots of time with your child.

DisadvantagesIt can be difficult to find good child care.

"As this is a very emotive topic I'm going to try my very hardest to give a balanced argument of the pros and cons regarding who should be providing childcare. Should it be the parents or is it wise/acceptable to use alternative child care? Do parents work full time to exist exist or is it because they can't compromise on a materialistic lifestyle? Should at least one of the parents stay at home to be the main carer, perhaps putting a career on hold ..." Read review
24.11.2010

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Community Level 1cheekychun...

cheekychunkychops

Why choose a childminder?

AdvantagesAble to have a hand in nuturing a childs development and skills

DisadvantagesCan be very long hours

"...forms for you and each member of your family over the age of 16. You need to have an enhanced check (highest level) to ensure your suitability as a childminder. This is actually the longest process; mine took 2 months to come through. Then, you need to complete a medical form and have this verified by your doctor, who will add his own comments on your answers and medical history as well as his thoughts on your suitability as a childminder. Doctors ..." Read review
02.10.2005

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Community Level 3cookie-queen

cookie-queen

How to get a good nanny (and keep them!).

AdvantagesYou might find Mary Poppins.

DisadvantagesIt might be harder than you think.

"...a nanny who is a member of PANN. This is a union for nursery nurses (and nannies). As a member one thing you agree to is to not strike. Unlikely with a nanny but you never know. Other questions that you could ask are. Why did you leave your last job? ~ This not only gives you a chance to see what sort of relationship they have with their previous employers but it will also allow you to compare what they say with what the previous employers say ..." Read review
02.02.2004

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Community Level 5misslook

misslook

Work or stay at home

Advantageslots

Disadvantageslots

"...my mum or a family member is looking after my children, instead of a nursery or a child minder. I went on placement at a nursery once and I saw the teacher swing a kid around by their arm because they weren’t facing the right way. My children and I do lots of different activities each day and we also go on outings as much as possible, I do my very best to see that they are happy and shown love, and are praised throughout each day. I ..." Read review
05.09.2001

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Community Level 4Katie-Jane

Katie-Jane

Help on choosing a Childminder

AdvantagesNormally only 3 children at max, Family Environment, You get to know the person looking after your child,Childminder recognised and checked by OFSTED regularly

DisadvantagesNot always cover when Childminder ill/holiday, Child can't attend when ill

"Hopefully this opinion is in the right place. I can't advise on choosing childcare in general as I don't have the experience but this opinion is from both sides of choosing a childminder. Firstly I am a mother, secondly I am a Registered Childminder. My daughter is a toddler and I have stayed at home to look after her. I have enjoyed it so much that last year when she was about 3-4 months old I began to register as a Childminder. What is involved ..." Read review
08.10.2002

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