Childminding and Daycare
Before leaving your child in the care of others, you might want to think about:
- If their needs are being met and respected.
- If their cultural background is recognized.
- Will they be happy there?
- Does the atmosphere feel right?
- Is there a stable group of children who attend, so that your child can make new friends?
- Are mealtimes relaxed and fun?
- Is the outside area safe, well planned, and spacious enough for everyone?
- If there is a swimming pool, pond , or dam, that they are fenced off, the gates are locked,
and there is always an Adult around to watch over the children in these areas?
- Are there Pool nets or floating alarms in the water, and are they working?
- Children can’t always tell or explain if something is wrong
- Look for signs or changes in their moods, behaviour, attitude, and physical appearance
- Address any concerns as quickly as possible
- Remove your child if need be.
What to say:
- Tell your child who will be looking after them, where they are going, for how long they
- will be there for, and who to speak to if they need help (teacher/supervisor)
- Ask what the daily activities are, and make sure that your child has
the necessary items. (lunch, costume, arm bands, medication etc.)
- Look at references of particular childcare services
- Look for trained and experienced staff
- Look for busy and relaxed children
- Check how you will be informed of your child’s progress and how they will contact you in case of emergency