One of the things we parents always have a dilemma about is childcare. As the summer holidays approach it can be a dreaded time of feeling pulled in every direction. I wrote this piece after moving here last year so thought I should update it a little as nothing stays the same forever…
Looking for childcare can be one of the most daunting experiences. Do you go nursery or childminder? Do you try somewhere close to home or work? Do you get a minder to look after your little one in your own home or their setting? Do you use a family member?
For me I have no family I could get to look after my son so that was never an option and to be fair some of them I wouldn’t have them mind a hamster for the weekend…
So, I signed up to a childminder network online, the childminders put up their websites, links, references and you can read to your hearts content. You put up a bit of info about you and your requirements and off you go. For me I chose this option as I have never liked the idea of nurseries, I don’t know why, just a personal choice, maybe just the idea that it is too many little people all in the same place!
Kieran started with his first childminder at 9 months old, we did a few ‘break in’ sessions and he quickly fitted into their little group as the lady had two other mindees at that time as well as her own son. They all loved having a little baby who was learning to do all sorts of things, mainly at this point crawling into boxes and eating biscuits.
We moved to a new house after about 9 months and so the search started again. With the same plan, I found no 2. I met her and she showed me around her home and I just got such a good vibe. This move was the best one I have ever made. Days were filled with activities, outings, dance classes, learning and I can honestly say Kieran thrived so much in her care. She was so flexible making my day easier as if I got held up at work I know with a call she was fine to keep Kieran a little longer.
But nothing stays the same forever and circumstances changed and sadly my childminder decided her time had come to make changes in her own world and so we took the plunge and looked at nursery places as we felt he was ready to make the leap into a more social environment and he is loving it! Children are resilient little beings and change is good, at least that is what I have to keep telling myself! Finding the right person or place can take some time, but when you do it is like finding gold.