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What does a Childminder do?

Childminders look after children in the childminder's home. Most full-time childminding work is with babies and children under five. Looking after older children before school, after school and during the holidays is common.

Childminders cater for the childrens' physical, educational, social and emotional needs by providing a warm, caring environment along with stimulating play and learning activities. They provide activities which encourage learning and development, such as painting and drawing, reading stories and outdoor play. The planning, preparation and serving of meals to children is part of the job. With babies, this will include preparing bottles, feeding and changing nappies.

Working closely with parents (or other carers, such as foster parents), and sharing information about their children is an important aspect of the job.

What's the working environment like working as a Childminder?

In order to cater for working parents the hours of work are likely to be long. Some childminders offer a weekend and/or overnight service.

Childminders work mainly in their own homes. The work can involve taking children to and from school or playgroup.

What does it take to become a Childminder?

To be a childminder you will need:

  • a love of children and a commitment to providing long-term care
  • an open-mind about different ways of bringing up children
  • a caring nature, patience, a sense of humour and flexibility
  • good communication skills
  • to be open to scrutiny, both personally and in your own home
  • an awareness of health, safety and hygiene, and knowledge of child protection issues
  • the ability to keep written records and make simple financial calculations.

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Further information

If you would like to know anything about Childminder that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

OFSTED
Tel: 0845 601 4771
www.ofsted.gov.uk

DFES Children's Workforce: Qualifications
www.dfes.gov.uk/childrenswfqualifications/

Childcarelink
Tel: 08000 960 296
www.childcarelink.gov.uk

Care Commission (Scotland)
Tel: 0845 603 0890
www.carecommission.com

The Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales
Tel: 01443 848 450
www.csiw.wales.gov.uk

National Childminding Association
Royal Court
81 Tweedy Road
Bromley
Kent
BR1 1TG
Tel. 0845 880 0044
www.ncma.org.uk

Scottish Childminding Association
Suite 3
7 Melville Terrace
Stirling
FK8 2ND
Tel: 01786 445377
www.childminding.org

Northern Ireland Childminding Association
16/18 Mill Street
Newtownards
Co. Down
BT23 4LU
Tel: 028 9181 1015
www.nicma.org

Children's Workforce Development Unit
Albion Court
5 Albion Place
Leeds
LS1 6JL
Tel: 0113 244 6311
www.cwdcouncil.org.uk

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