Home > Parenting > Child > Parenting 10 May 2006 Choosing the right childminder If you only have maternity leave for three months, you may be thinking of returning. Make sure that you choose a good childminder. Here are some tips. 0 TALK Parenting forum » ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Baby born as truck kills mother Beautiful short film about radioactive contamination in Japan If you only have maternity leave for three months, you may be thinking of returning. Make sure that you choose a good childminder to take care of your baby when you are at work. Here are some tips: Work out your budget first. Make a list of all the questions you would like to ask. Only employ someone who can offer references and always do a reference check. Only consider someone who has previous experience. Does she appear clean and neat? Find out if he or she knows infant CPR. If not, make sure that you provide first aid training. Ask what she would do in an emergency. Make sure he or she understands the importance of constant supervision. Introduce her to your baby and observe their interaction. Give her a probation period of two months. Discuss a list of “do” and “don’ts” and the consequences of problematic behaviour. Employ someone at least a month before you return to work. This way she will have a chance to familiarise herself with the new environment. It will also give you the opportunity to monitor how she interacts with your child. Once you have employed her, leave the house for short periods and do “spot-checks” – return home unexpectedly. Is she available for babysitting after hours? This will be an advantage. Do you communicate easily or do you struggle to understand one another? More in Parenting From birth, U.S. pediatricians urge reading aloud to children More: ChildParenting SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.