I'm currently exploring childcare for my daughter. I got advice off friends, family and colleagues. Because you are essentially leaving your baby with a stranger I was advised to ask for garda vetting and references. A lot of good childminders actually advertise as having good references.
So in my ad I requested them. However, I was getting on great with a childminder and was going well. Thought this is sorted, then I asked for references and she said no.
Is it offensive to ask a childminder for references? I think if someone has good experience and they are good why would they not offer one. I know some people aren't registered but that's beside the point. They are still going to mind something most precious?