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What should I do when leaving my baby with a child minder?

When the time comes that you are finally ready to leave your child in the care of a child minder and have an evening out, you need to make sure that the child minder is suitable and that they are prepared for anything.

It is nerve wracking to have that first evening out away from your baby. We all go through it. There are things you can do to ease your mind and ensure your child’s safety. 

The number one thing that your child minder needs to have is information. Make a list of all phone numbers; work, home, cell phones, neighbours, friends, and emergency numbers. Place the list next to the phone and make sure that the child minder knows it is there.

The list should also contain any medical insurance information that could be needed in your absence.

Leave clearly written directions to your home in case the child minder needs to contact emergency services.

If your child has any medical conditions or takes any medication, be sure to include this on the information list. In the event of a medical emergency, this will need to be known.

If your child is young, you should leave the child minder with information about what they can and cannot eat. Many times, a child minder will not consider that a particular food could be a choking hazard to a young child.

Lastly, inform your child minder of your child’s schedule. What time they eat and go to bed as well as any evening rituals, like story time.

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