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Childminder

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Childminders care for babies, toddlers and children in their own home, supporting their learning and development.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

Variable variable

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become

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How to become a childminder

You can get into this job by:

  • registering with Ofsted
  • registering with a Childminder Agency

Other Routes

You can attend an introductory childminding briefing that covers everything you need to prepare to register as a childminder. Your local council can give you information on where to find one.

The aim is to make sure that you understand what is involved before making a decision about whether it's the right career for you.

More Information

Registration

  • If you want to care for children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day, you have to register with one of the following:

    For this, you'll usually need to complete:

    • a home-based childcare course that covers the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
    • a paediatric first aid course
    • child protection training - safeguarding
    • a food safety qualification

    You may have to do a basic skills test to show that you have the minimum standard of English and maths needed to support the educational development of children in your care. You'll also need to pass an assessment of your home and any equipment you will use.

    Local councils, CMAs and professional bodies can provide pre-registration training to become a childminder. They also have information on registering and further training once you are working as a childminder.

    Your first step is to check out Ofsted's pre-registration briefing on becoming a childminder.

Career tips

It's a good idea to do some research to find out if there's a demand for childminders in your local area.

As you'll be self-employed, you might find it useful to learn about setting up your own business and your responsibilities for tax and insurance.

Further information

You can find out more about working as a childminder at Early Years Careers. 

You can contact professional bodies for advice on how to become a childminder, training courses and registration:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a childminder, you will:

  • provide inspirational learning activities
  • offer safe play activities, both indoors and outside
  • plan, prepare and serve meals
  • change nappies and make up bottles for babies
  • take older children to and from playgroup or school
  • record accidents and report child safety concerns
  • speak to parents and carers about their child's day

Working environment

You could work from home.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

Look at progression in this role and similar opportunities.

Career path and progression

Once registered, you could take further training, like a free online course covering child development during early years.

With experience you could expand your business and take on a childcare assistant or become a network co-ordinator, supporting other local childminders.

You might also:

  • move into nursery work
  • become an early years teaching assistant
  • train to be a tutor on childminding courses

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Early Years

  • Provider: HULL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: Hull

T Level Education and Early Years - Education and Early Years

  • Provider: ST JOHN RIGBY RC SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Wigan

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