4 Childminding

It was Saturday morning and Val had got up late. She was now feeling bored and decided to phone her friend Dee and ask if she wanted to go shopping. “I can’t,” said Dee. I’m looking after my niece and nephew today. My sister, May, has had to go into the office today. She has a nanny for the children, but she’s off-duty this weekend, and I offered to stand in for her.” “Why don’t I come and help?” said Val. “Good idea!” replied Dee. “Some adult company will keep me from going mad. I love the children very much, but they can be exhausting. I just don’t know how the nanny puts up with it.” Val soon saw that Dee was absolutely right. The children – Colin who was 6 years old and Anya who was 4 – were charming but full of energy and mischief. “This is turning into a nightmare,” cried Dee, trying to get the children to eat lunch. Anya would not eat anything but ice cream and then threw up all over the carpet. Dee went off to find a bucket and cloth and came back to wipe up the mess. Meanwhile, Val was regretting offering to help and wondering if she could last out until May came home. Just then, they heard the front door open, and May burst into the room. “Are the children all right?” she asked anxiously. “They’re fine,” said Dee. “But we have to go now.”

 

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4 Childminding

It was Saturday morning and Val had …   ..   late. She was now feeling bored and decided to phone her friend Dee and ask if she wanted to go shopping. “I can’t,” said Dee. I’m …….    …..   my niece and nephew today. My sister, May, has had to go into the office today. She has a nanny for the children, but she’s off-duty this weekend, and I offered to …..     ..    …   her.” “Why don’t I come and help?” said Val. “Good idea!” replied Dee. “Some adult company will ….    me ….   going mad. I love the children very much, but they can be exhausting. I just don’t know how the nanny ….   ..   ….   it.” Val soon saw that Dee was absolutely right. The children – Colin who was 6 years old and Anya who was 4 – were charming but full of energy and mischief. “This is ……. ….   a nightmare,” cried Dee, trying to get the children to eat lunch. Anya would not eat anything but ice cream and then …..   ..   all over the carpet. Dee went off to find a bucket and cloth and came back to ….    ..   the mess. Meanwhile, Val was regretting offering to help and wondering if she could ….   …   until May came home. Just then, they heard the front door open, and May …..   ….   the room. “Are the children all right?” she asked anxiously. “They’re fine,” said Dee. “But we have to go now.”

 

 

 

 

 

Conversation Questions

 

 

What are some reasons that make you get up late?

How would you look after a baby for a day?

What qualities and skills would you need to stand in for your boss/teacher?

What kind of things keep you from getting bored with your profession/life?

What kind of behavior is really difficult for you to put up with?

What kind of situations can turn into nightmares if you don´t plan ahead?

Why do people throw up?

What kind of things can you use to wipe up the mess at home?

How long can people last out without water/food/their phone?

Why would the police have to burst into a house? Have you had to burst into a place?

 

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