There are several things you may wish to do before you select your child’s childcare provider:
Visit the setting beforehand so that you can truly get a feel for the quality of the childcare they offer. Ask lots of questions and check that everything is clean, safe and secure, that staff are welcoming, friendly and professional and that the children in the setting look happy and settled.
If the provision provides food, check their menus and food hygiene ratings which should be displayed within the setting. If your child has any allergy or dietary requirements, check how the staff will cater for your child
Any childcare setting which runs for more than 2 hours per day (apart from nannies) must register with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW). You can read the childcare providers latest CIW inspection report to get a good overview of the service they are providing. Reports can be found at the following link. https://careinspectorate.wales/service-directory Nannies do not need to register with CIW but can apply to be part of the childcare at home voluntary approval scheme.
Study the childcare provider’s website, social media presence and online forums to see what people are saying about them.
Check to see if the provider has participated in any quality standards or awards schemes such as Early Years Wales’ Quality for All.
Clarify what the fees cover, holiday arrangements and check to see if any funding for fees is available. Always read the terms and conditions of any parental contract.
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