9am - you meet with Fatima in Shepherd’s Bush, one of our latest childminder applicants to help advise her on her home. She has just recently moved into a terraced house with a lovely garden, and has asked you to treat everything as a blank canvas - she wants her whole downstairs to be dedicated to her home nursery! You can hardly believe your luck, and you set to work sketching out a floor plan and suggesting how she can make the most of the garden to incorporate a mud kitchen.
10.30am - consultation complete with Fatima, you pop to a nearby coffee shop to type up your notes and send over the shopping list to Shameel back in the office, who’ll make sure that everything arrives in one go at Alice’s, when you’ll head back to help her unpack and transform her home!
12pm - your next consultation appointment of the day - Alice in Kilburn. Alice lives in a two bed property on the second floor of a block of flats. It’s not the biggest home you’ve ever seen but you can see the potential straight away, and put together a few ideas to help her freshen up the space - including re-painting the main wall in her lounge, buying an Ikea storage unit to help her divide the space and tidy up toys, and set up a mini table and chairs in her kitchen for the children to have their meals at. You’ve come armed with photos of some of the homes that you’ve worked on before, and when you show these to Alice, she totally ‘gets’ your ideas and happily agrees to your plan. Her partner says he’ll have the wall sorted by the time you come back which is great.
2pm - You head home, creating another shopping list for Shameel on the train. You’re finishing early today and need the rest for a big day tomorrow.
12pm - You start late as today might be a long one. You spend half an hour reviewing the homes of the most recent haul of applicants advising the screening team on where you see potential and where the challenge is just too great! Then head out for this afternoon’s setup session at Jayne’s home in Highbury.
2.30pm- You arrive at Jayne’s just at the right time - the Ikea lorry has just pulled up, and bookshelves, beanbags and travel cots galore are being unloaded at rapid speed! You make your way inside and see that the Koru Kids posters, height charts and bunting have all arrived and are hanging with pride from the newly painted pale blue wall in the lounge (which just looks amazing against the red of our logo!) The afternoon is spent helping Jayne put together her new Ikea purchases and arranging everything exactly as you planned a couple of weeks’ ago - it’s super rewarding seeing it all come together, and when you finally sit down for a cup of tea and a biscuit, you are chuffed to bits, Jayne is too! The photographer is coming tomorrow to take some shots for the website, and you can’t wait to see her home up in lights!
8pm - after a rewarding and energetic day, you head home for a well deserved rest! You can’t help checking your emails just before you hop on the tube and see that Francis, who you helped set up a few days before, has just signed a contract with her first family to care for their children - how amazing is that! They’re going to love those squirrel beanbags!