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I started the process of looking for a childminder when my daughter was 11 months old. Like most new parents I found the process quite daunting. However from the first time I visited Margaret’s home I felt welcomed and my daughter was immediately relaxed. What is evident from the minute you meet Margaret is that she is extremely experienced in dealing with children, not only from her formal training but also from her experience as a mother. There are a number of child minders in the area where I live, however what I found most useful when short listing potential childcare was the information available on the website, you can look up information like qualifications and routines all in one place and even see the areas where your child will spend some of their time. The website is still useful as I can check in a see a summary of recent activities that the children have been involved in. Margaret is always doing activities with the children whether this is taking them out to local groups, farms or to the park or at her home planting bulbs, making cakes and doing little art projects. What I like most about Margaret’s approach is her calmness and the time she takes with the children talking to them and explaining why they do things even with basic tasks like washing their hands which helps develop their speech and level of understanding. In the nine months my daughter has been going to Margaret’s house she has thrived my husband and I cannot believe how well she has developed she is more confident, she has learnt to interact and share with children of all ages and her vocabulary is expanding every day these are skills that have been accelerated from having spent time in Margaret’s care. Finally the best praise I can give is from my daughter, she loves spending time at Margaret’s house and squeals with delight when we pull up at her house in the morning before marching confidently through her front door knowing she has a day full of fun activities! Ceri Marriott