I did a lot of childminder research and the results of that weren't so great either. They're just as expensive as nursery, if not more. What would be the point of working if I only have £10 profit left from the day?!
One childminder had a dog, the type that teenage boy gang members like, locked in the garden. So that was a no. I was also expected to pay fees while we were on holiday And while the childminder was on holiday. Double no.
Another I visited was on the 6th floor with no lift, a death trap balcony and greeted me in their living room whilst watching Jeremy Kyle. Again, no.
The last had an ADHD 10 year old son and a messy flat with really oppressive hospital type lighting.
I sort of gave up after all that. And besides, even if I found the perfect child care, we exist on one income so Daddy is daycare for now. It's free, he takes care of Boo when she's ill, he gets the shopping in, and with some persuasion even comes on holiday with us.