By Rachel Ho
One of the most important things for working mothers of young children, is ensuring high quality childcare for our little ones. Over the last 20 years, it has become much more common for mothers to work, and according to ONS, there were 4.9 million working mothers of dependent children in England in 2017. Two thirds of women with children under five have some form of work in the UK.
As a working mother of a two year old myself, I have definitely come to see the importance of childcare work, so I had a quick chat with my son's childminder Dawn Joseph to find out a bit more about what she does.
"I have been a childminder for three years and being self-sufficient as well as working with the local community is important to me; this is why I wanted to run my own business from home," says Dawn, who runs a fantastic facility from her Tottenham home with her daughter, after working in childcare for over 15 years.
Photo supplied: Dawn Joseph
There are lots of activities to do there and Dawn's ground floor and back garden is especially fitted out for the children's learning and play time.
"A typical day looking after the children may vary from early learning through play and through being creative with art materials as well as attending play groups daily."
There's also pet rabbit called Minty to help children to develop empathy, home cooked meals and in the nicer weather regular trips to the park. My son can't wait to get in there, every time he arrives! :)
Dawn, who grew up in London with parents who worked at the Royal Mint, has been living in Tottenham for 10 years, during which time she has seen it change.
Photo supplied: Some of Dawn's children playing at the local park.
"I think Tottenham has changed significantly in the area of women having less children... I would like to see women being more valued in their job roles."
But Dawn has a positive outlook about Tottenham.
She adds: "I would like to also say that Tottenham is a multicultural community with a good sense of spirit whereby people get together for the good."
I feel piece of mind that my son is in good hands while I'm at work, and I hope other Tottenham mothers are able to find what works for them too.
Photo supplied: My son enjoying one of the activities at Dawn's place.
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