Most parents fret about the day when they will have to leave their precious child in the hands of a childminder, nanny, or nursery staff. While childminding services are often a necessity for many people, they are still something that many worry about. After all, how can you be sure that the childminding services you are considering are up to the task? Will they take care of your child adequately?
While no one will ever love your child the way you do, you should know that childminding services in the UK are regulated, and most have strict guidelines and policies regarding the safety and wellbeing of the children in their care.
That being said, you are bound to worry about your child when you are not with him or her. This worry can be even greater if you are leaving your child for the first time. So knowing what the good and bad facts about childminding services are may be something of interest to you. Moreover, they may help you to worry less about actually using childminding services.
The advantages and disadvantages of childminding services vary depending on the type of service you choose.
- Childminders must be registered with the relevant body wherever they live in the UK. They will need to have been checked by the police and their home will have been checked to ensure it meets health and safety standards.
- Childminders take care of children in their own homes, usually with a group of other children. This means your child will be in a home environment where he or she can mix with other kids.
- A childminder often offers more flexibility in terms of start and finishing times. They may also include school pick-ups and drop-offs if required.
- Most childminders are parents themselves and have hands-on experience of looking after children and providing them with care and attention.
- Childminders can provide tailored care for your child and can provide a loving and nurturing experience.
- •Childminders often have children of varying ages in their care, for a child who has no siblings this can prove to be very positive experience.
- •Childminders often know each other well, which would offer the opportunity of back up childcare in the event your childminder goes on holiday or becoming ill.
What are the Cons
There is always a chance your childminder may have some unexpected event arise, if you are unable to find alternative care, then keeping a few days annual leave will enable you to deal with such a situation. You should also be able to take parental leave, your employer will be able to explain the conditions for this arrangement.
Some parents worry that a childminder may give preferential treatment to their own children, parents should reassure themselves that this is highly unlikely to happen.