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
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
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
- an open-mind about different ways of
bringing up children
- a caring nature, patience, a
sense of humour and flexibility
- to be open to scrutiny, both
personally and in your own home
- an awareness
of health, safety and hygiene, and knowledge of child
- the ability to keep written
records and make simple financial calculations.
Childminder Career Opportunities
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.ukDFES Children's Workforce: Qualifications
Tel: 08000 960 296
www.childcarelink.gov.ukCare Commission (Scotland)
Tel: 0845 603 0890
www.carecommission.comThe Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales
Tel: 01443 848 450
www.csiw.wales.gov.ukNational Childminding Association
81 Tweedy Road
Tel. 0845 880 0044
www.ncma.org.ukScottish Childminding Association
7 Melville Terrace
Tel: 01786 445377
www.childminding.orgNorthern Ireland Childminding Association
16/18 Mill Street
Tel: 028 9181 1015
www.nicma.orgChildren's Workforce Development Unit
5 Albion Place
Tel: 0113 244 6311