Admissions & Settling in

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 will provide. I aim to settle your child in as quickly and securely as possible. When you first make contact with me I will provide you with a copy of my Welcome Pack. This will provide you with a brief insight to my service, outline my aims and objectives and my policies. At our first meeting I would ask you 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. It gives me the opportunity to start to build a relationship with you and your child and to understand both your needs and wishes. If possible I also try in to let you and your child meet with other children in the service.

If you contact me to proceed with my childminding service I invite you back for a second meeting to complete the relevant paperwork, we would also arrange a settle-in period for your child. Some children do take longer than others to settle and some settle quickly therefore the length of a settling in period will depend on each child individually, usually a 2-3 hour session works with most children. 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. I will however ask you to provide anything that would make your child feel more at home ie a comfort blanket, dummy ect.

Some parents find it helpful to call/text/email 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. I will ensure your child feels happy and secure during their settle-in period.

During admission I would ensure that I include in the contact a 4 week trial period as this allows your child to settle in over a reasonable time, if your child doesn’t settle the contact can be terminated by either party without notice being given.