The Daily Blab: Childminders the pros and cons

27584e38-3cb7-4790-81b3-0d60b896bb8a Today on the Daily Blab we are focusing on childcare which has hit the headlines, check out the news story here where potential reasons for the rising costs of childcare are investigated. If you are a parent who is the primary care giver, and is in the position of needing or wanting to return back to work after a period of leave, you are faced with a mirage of different care options to consider- each have their own pros and cons. The Daily Blab will consider each option, providing a series of pros and cons. First up- Childminders.

Whatever option you choose, it is highly recommended to look as soon as possible, well in advance of your return to work date, as all childcare options can be in high demand.

For instance, if you are researching nurseries it is often recommended to register during pregnancy- (yes, insane, not like you have plenty of other things on your mind, like giving birth for instance!) Ultimately it will depend on your area, demand, cost and flexibility you require.


Childminder Pros and Cons to Consider

  • Costs tend to be lower than a nursery
  • Home environment
  • Childminding is regulated, and minders must be registered. For guidelines on ratios- (the amount of children childminders can care for in a specific age bracket,) can be found here
  • Childminders are self-employed and therefore you may be required to sign a contract, which will detail any specifics of their caring responsibilities and expectations, read this carefully! This is a pro and a con depending on the content of the contract!
  • Childminders may agree to school drop offs and pick ups, which is key if this is something you do/don’t want. (e.g. I didn’t choose a childminder because my infant son would be in the car all day taking other children to activities outside of school pick ups and drop offs- this isn’t always the case so check with your provider)
  • May provide food, at a surplus charge
  • May agree to take your child to specific activities or groups, this should be pre-agreed
  • If the childminder is ill, or goes on maternity leave, you do not have cover. It is worth asking your provider if there is anyone who would cover if this scenario did arise, some childminders are a member of a community who provide cover if this were to arise
  • Ensure your childminder has all necessary certificates in place, which is usually ensured by PACEY as childminders need to be registered
  • Childminders usually accept childcare vouchers, check with your provider
  • Set hours, although usually more flexible than a nursery
  • Socialising for children, as childminders usually have a variety of children at different age groups
  • Hours may vary during the holiday period if childminders have children at school, check with provider
  • Ensure you check the environment that your child will occupy, cleanliness, availability of toys, space etc.

If you are searching for childcare- this website can help you identify which option is appropriate for you and provide options that are local to you!

Next post- Hiring a Nanny, the pros and cons

Next post- Nursery: the pros and cons



A Cornish Mum

22 thoughts on “The Daily Blab: Childminders the pros and cons

  1. Returning to work is such a turbulent time. I use a combo of both; child minder & child centre. This allows flexibility with my casual working situation.

    1. blabbermama

      I agree it’s such a hard time when returning to work and having to sort out childcare. Especially when you need to be flexible. Thanks for commenting

  2. It’s a mine field. I opted for a day nursery as I explained in my post here
    It’s so stupid but we have to put up with it #momsterslink

    1. blabbermama

      I know I completely agree. I am going to link your post to my post coming out tomorrow about pros and cons of a nursery😊- I went for day nursery as well. So many things to consider! Thanks for your comment

      1. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing #PicknMix

  3. We tried hiring a nanny for a short time but in all honesty after paying the nanny I was only bringing home maybe $100 a week. It wasn’t worth it at all anymore! I just can’t wait to be done with school, and on to my real career. Either way though child care is so astronomically expensive. It’s sad really.
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    1. blabbermama

      I completely know what you mean with the expense of childcare, we had explored and even interviewed a nanny but when we sat down and worked out our finances, we were breaking even. It’s a lovely idea but for many it just isn’t achievable and I think that clearly is the case in whatever country you live in- which says a lot for childcare options! 🙂

  4. My kids have never been in day care, but these are awesome tips for those who plan on finding someone to watch their children. #Momsterslink

    1. blabbermama

      Thank you 🙂 so many options out there for those looking for childcare options- thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thank you for the tips as I have never looked into it. It’s such a minefield so this has really helped. #momsterslink

    1. blabbermama

      It really is a minefield, there are so many options available out there it is hard to choose what way to go, I’m glad this helped! thanks for stopping by x

  6. Such a great informative post. I haven’t tried a childminder yer but I can definitely see the advantages. Dawn x #momsterslink

    1. blabbermama

      Thank you, so many childcare options out there it can be hard to choose which one you want to go for! Thanks for commenting! x

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  8. Really useful post for anyone looking into child care. I’m lucky that we can afford for me to be a stay at home mum but I think when the time comes for me to find a job I would prefer a childminder to a nursery I think.xx #picknmix

    1. It’s definitely a hard decision to make when the time comes, I’ve landed on nursery for my little boy at the moment, will see how it goes in September but fingers crossed! Thanks for your comment 🙂 xx
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  9. This is really interesting – our son’s nursery just closed and the new one we enrolled him in doesn;t start until September now, they don;t have a holiday club like his old one. We’ve been trying to decide whether to find a holiday club at another nursery (some of them are extortionate) or find him a childminder a couple of days a week…

    1. It’s so hard with childcare especially when something changes at the last minute as it upsets routine for you and your little one, hopefully you get something sorted until September, even if its a stop gap until he starts his new nursery- I agree fees can be extortionate, I’m not looking forward to paying them in September! Thanks for your comment hopefully these few posts have helped with your decision!
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  10. Childminders were a big help to my sister when my niece was small. I’ve never needed one luckily, but I can see why they’re a great option. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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  12. This is a great post for me as I am trying to decide if I want to return to work this fall as 3 of my 4 kids will all be in all day school. Depending on what I decide to do I may need a babysitter as our only daycare closes at 5 and does not pick kids up from school. Thanks for linking with #monsterslink and it will be delayed until tomorrow but same time as it’s been a draining week.

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