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 » Autistic savant 'reads minds' Tasting a lemon for the first time 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 More evidence gay parents raise well-adjusted kids 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 Cipla Nutrition- Dummies Guide to Enduro Prep 4 clever ways to stay active this winter Key signs you need a change in diet Clear your head with fast-acting, long-lasting Sinutab® Nasal Spray Live healthier PMS, depression & suicide » Don't let PMS get you down Symptoms of PMS Diagnosing PMS The link between PMS, depression and suicidal thoughts The symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are similar to those of PMS, but generally more severe – and could include depression and even thoughts of suicide. A vegan marathon runner » Comrades: don't run if you're ill Fuel your body for the Comrades Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Donovan Will, who is training to run the Comrades Marathon, speaks to Health24 about his plant based diet and fears of getting injured ahead of the big race.