5 important questions to ask when choosing a nursery or childminder

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From routines to qualifications, make the most informed decision when it comes to childcare...

It’s one of the most important choices you’ll make for you and your child – yet first time around, most of us are totally unprepared. Instinct plays a huge part in deciding whether an individual, nursery or childcare is right for your child, but asking the right questions can help you make a more informed choice of childcare.

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1) What qualifications do you have?

Qualifications in childcare are deeply reassuring. ‘It proves that a childminder or nursery worker has a good understanding of your baby’s needs and how she’ll develop,’ says Kate Groucutt, deputy chief executive of national childcare charity The Daycare Trust. ‘Ideally, staff should have at least a level three in a recognised childcare qualification, such as CACHE, NVQ or NNEB.’

A childminder or nanny is less likely to have qualifications, but it’s a good idea to check she holds a first-aid certificate and good references.

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