Here's the catch. I'm the sole parent to 2 girls, ages 4 years and 18 months. I plan to unschool, though may end up doing homeschool. We'll see how we all evolve. But, more importantly, in order to do this while working, I need to get someone who (for lack of a better phrase) kicks ass! to look after my girls while I'm at work.
My question for all you kick-ass parents on here is what questions would you ask a prospective child care provider who will be watching your unschooled/homeschooled children?
(The job is only 4 days/week and the pay and benefits rock!!! This also means that I can afford to pay someone to come to my home and my sister is on maternity leave so she will be around too to help the girls adjust and to give them some family support (she lived with us until September when she got married and bought a house so she's really close to my dds). I figure this also gives them the same ratio of care instead of putting them in daycare where they are with so many other kids and they'll still be on their turf.)
Thanks in advance!!!
Your mum for example. Not possible?
I think younger students like these would be pretty open to the concept of unschooling/child-led learning if you explained it to them.
When I was supplementing our income by watching a little boy dd's age, I have to admit, I was more concerned with dd's experience than with the boy's. Due in part to a poor fit in parenting styles between his parents and me (they were Ezzo fashioned), but also in part due to the fact that dd is mine. I found it difficult to be impartial. I recognized that and decided to terminate my employment. I am a very fair-minded person, so I shudder to think what others do when the parents are away.
That said, I think there are many mothers who can watch other children alongside there one and everything works out fine. It usualy depends on how the children get along (as well as how the perants do.)
Alas, I did not get the job I had applied for but I will be done school in August and starting my own business in September for which I will be looking for someone to come into my home and play with and care for my girls.
Thanks for all the responses!
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I know I'm not being much help but I was just breifly stating my experience. My advice is to write down a list of questions beforehand and bring them with you and don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you have.