First point is really about if you like them.
Do they have similar values to you? Do you trust
them to look after your children?
You may also want to ask if they have had any
formal training. Many qulifified nursery staff
offer childminding after having a family.
Ask to see the childminders registration certificate.
It's illegal to professionally child mind with
out being registered. As part of this process
the childminder will be Police checked to ensure
that they have not been conficted of any child
or sex related offences.
You should look around the facility from a
child's viewpoint to see if there are dangers
where your child could get hurt.
How clean and tidy is the home, what's the garden
like, if its on a main road can the children get
A childminder can take advantage of local facilities
such as libraries, play areas, parks, beaches
Take a look around the area to see whats available
Childminders can look after up to 6 children
who are under 8. However, a maximum of three can
be under 5. Also, normally only one baby is allowed
(i.e under a year old) unless the have been registered
for two which would mean that they would have
undergone an asssessment to ensure they have the
Childminder's can also look after children aged
8 -14 if they can demonstrate that it does not
hinder the care of the others. Ask how many children
are looked after?