What is the best group for my child?
All parents want the best for their children. When looking around
prospective playgroups, we suggest that you use the following check
What to look for when meeting a prospective childminder for the first time:
•The childminder Is she friendly and approachable? How many children are in her
care? Does she divide her time equally between them?
•Other parents Talk to other parents who entrust their children to her care. Are
they satisfied with the level of service she provides?
•Safety Stairs, fires, electrical appliances, open windows and easily opened doors
that lead onto the street can be hazardous.
•Cleanliness Make sure you see the rooms to be used by the children. Beware of
over- tidy areas, as a child must be given the freedom to play without worrying
about knocking over an ornament.
•Play area How many rooms are solely for the children's use. Are they a reasonable
size or small and cramped?
•Garden Is there a suitable play area for the summer? Check that the fence and
gate are secure and that strangers can't gain access to the area in other ways.
Watch out for poisonous plants and remember that even small, ornamental ponds
can be dangerous.
•Stimulating activities Are the children encouraged to paint and draw? What other
activities are on offer?
•Toys and books What types are available and are there enough toys to be shared
by all the children? Are they in good condition?
•Pets Are they allowed to wander freely and without supervision? Could they pose a
threat? Is your child allergic to pet hair?
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