children_together_smIt is my upmost aim to ensure that each child entrusted to me is given the highest standard of care that I can provide for them and their family. All children and adults are treated with equal concern and are made to feel welcome in my home.  I always aim to work in partnership with parents to meet the needs of the children. All information regarding your children and family is kept securely and treated in confidence.

I keep parents regularly informed about my daily routines and childcare practices. I share information about pre school children with parents through daily connect, which is an online diary that both parents and myself can contribute to  For all children, when appropriate, I share information by email, telephone and face-to-face meetings. I informally share information when the children are collected or dropped off.

I work together with parents to make sure that the care of their child is consistent. A consistent approach benefits the child’s welfare and helps ensure the child is not confused.

All the children will be encouraged to talk to me about how they are feeling and if they have any problems.

I understand how difficult it is for parents to leave their child with a childminder and return to work. I will therefore work with you to ensure your child is settled and that you are happy with the care that I am to provide.

I like to organise settling in sessions for the parents and child. This gives you the opportunity to provide me with lots of information about your child, their likes and dislikes, routines, favourite activities, how to comfort them if they become upset and how they have reacted when left before. It gives me the opportunity to start to build a relationship with you and your child and to understand both your needs and wishes..

I am happy for you to stay until you feel that your child is settled. Some children do take longer than others to settle and some settle quickly and then become distressed a few weeks into the placement. I will work with you to support your child through this transition period and make it as easy as possible. It is important that you and your child are relaxed and happy in my home and with the care I provide.

Some parents find it helpful to call me during the day to find out how their child is. I am happy to take your calls, but I am sometimes not able to talk for long, or even to answer the telephone if I am attending to a child’s personal needs, for example changing a nappy. So please do not panic if you call and there is no answer.