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 ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » 10 interesting Down syndrome facts Autistic savant 'reads minds' 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 Infants should share parents' room to help prevent SIDS More: ChildParenting advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.