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This list from real childminders makes us laugh out loud. Did we miss anything? If so, please add it to the comments at the bottom of the page!

Converse shoes on babies.

Kids jumping/kneeling/falling/bouncing on my furniture.


Parents that put on tights over pullups and then add dungarees over the whole lot!

Messy paint and childminding painting tools.

Taking off the dolls clothes and leaving the dolls naked.



The children shouting my name every two minutes even if they don’t want anything.

Parents who forget to tell you the child has an injury or you find out in a chance conversation that they have an inhaler or have had hospital appointments about a condition you know nothing about.

Kids emptying every box until you can no longer see the floor. Then they will not help tidy up.

Pull ups.

Parents insisting their child is ready for potty training. They are not.

Helicopter parents.

Parents who show their children no boundaries.

Anything that gets stuck up my nails – clay, playdough, gloop, slime.

Children taking off their socks and shoes on cars journeys.

Undressed childminders dolls.

Snot waterfalls – shudder!


Parents who tell you their child doesn’t nap but then you find out that they nap at nursery.

Noisy toys!

Boys that can’t pee straight! Just the thought makes me want to disinfect my toilet again.

Wet wipes ripping as you need to pull one out fast.

Mixing the colours of the playdough

The noise sorting through Lego makes.

A selection of differently coloured playdough made by a childminder with some of the colours mixed together.

Parents who mollycoddle their child.

Ofsted inspectors

Bad manners at meal time

Parents who walk in with their shoes on (when they’ve stood there and heard me tell their kids to remove their shoes) and then sit on the arm of my sofa!!

Cooked rice falling on the floor.

Wobbly teeth.

Being called a ‘babysitter’

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12 thoughts on “The complete list of things childminders hate

  1. Parents who arrive for pick up then let the children go and play on the garden apparatus!!
    My playgarden is at the side of my house, beside the drive. I’ve asked (told) parents to not let the children use the equipment but I get “It’s just one go, they love it so much” They don’t even supervise the children 😤

  2. Haha – I hate all of those! Thought it was just me 😂I also hate sticky hands and green noses 😑

  3. LOL! thank you for a much needed laugh. may I add one for your list; parents who talk to their children like they re dogs ” who’s a good boy then!, yes you are yes, yes you are!” I don’t even talk to my animals like this and when a certain dad picks up, I cringe as I am trying my hardest to get his child to talk more clearly.

  4. Good afternoon Kay thankyou for keeping send information’s all so the 50 EYFS Art projects needs to updating the calendars 2020 thankyou Sent from Mail for Windows 10


  5. Hi. Please could you let me know how to get the updated version of the checklist. I previously purchased the old version. Kind regards Sarah Wray

    On Fri, 4 Oct 2019 at 09:48, Childminding Best Practice wrote:

    > Kay Woods posted: “This list from real childminders makes me laugh out > loud. Did we miss anything? If so, please add it to the comments at the > bottom of the page! Felt tip pens with no lids Converse on babies Kids > jumping/kneeling/falling/bouncing on my furniture” >

  6. Grated cheese, it always goes everywhere and as a cheese lover I hate to see cheese wasted!

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