Hey guys, it’s been a while! Lolo has become a sassy mini me who constantly follows me everywhere at every given opportunity. Her favourite word is “NO” now, and we watch Sing and Trolls at least three times a week. Yes, I secretly know all the songs in both films and I absolutely love them!!
As a family, we have watched our princess grow, hit different milestones from sitting on her own, crawling, walking and dancing to any sort of music she hears and it’s been so good. Nothing prepared us with the issue of childcare and leaving her with somebody else apart from family.
The thought of leaving Lolo with anyone else apart from family scared me. I mean you hear crazy stories and read things online about people who do malicious things to children, but I was reassured by everyone that everything will be okay. Naturally I was anxious and didn’t know whether I wanted her to go to a nursery or find a childminder.
After careful deliberation, I decided to look for a childminder as some of the nursery fees, were ridiculously expensive. I was given a variety of recommendations by other mums of good nurseries and childminders but we carefully screened our own. Firstly, I found a list of Ofsted Registered childminders in my local area, and contacted the ones closest to our home and reasonable in price.
On meeting some childminders, I felt like Simon Cowell auditioning them for the role, of my daughters’ childminder. This was very necessary. I went to their homes, discussed routines, potty training, feeding and times to pick and drop Lolo off. As I visited their homes I observed their interaction with her and how she behaved around them. I met at least four different potential childminders until I found the one!
Lolo’s childminder is amazing!! She has this warm, caring and friendly nature which I noticed from the minute I met her. She shows a genuine interest in Lauren’s wellbeing, development and has become a huge part of Laurens’ life. Her last Ofsted inspection was rated highly, she holds a variety of certificates in childcare. Most importantly her passion for children is shown in the way she looks after Lauren.
We initially had a few days where I left Lauren with her for at least an hour to see how she’d cope. I felt this anxious niggling feeling in my stomach, because I was worried about how she’d cope without seeing myself, hubby or a family member. Every time I went back to the childminder Lauren was busy playing, smiling and very chatty and happy. This ultimately sold it for me, I just knew my daughter would always be in safe hands. The childminder sends me pictures daily of what she’s up to with Lauren and her son, she often takes them to baby groups, soft play, reads to them and gives her some yummy food. I’m so happy that I have found Lauren a home away from home during the week, when we work because I feel confident that she’s okay, although I call at least three times a day (or more) to check she’s doing okay.
For Mamas considering the childminding route here are a few tips:
- Create a list of suitable minders in your area, consider price, times, availability and location.
- Check that your childminder is registered and their DBS certificate is up to date.
- When settling in with your little one/s check the environment, the minders interest in your child, and their ability to deal with your requests.
- Check for other parents’ reviews.
- Is the minder more interested in the financial side or the actual wellbeing of your child/ren?
We are slowly adjusting to the early mornings, and having our playtime shortened due to work, but seeing Lolo at the end of the day is always heart warming.