How to become a Childminder



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What do they do?

Do you love children? Do you relish looking after other people’s as well as your own and volunteer to babysit regularly? Then being a Childminder could be the ideal career for you.

Childminders take care of youngsters in their own homes, including babies and pre-schoolers during the day and older children after school before their parents return from work.

A typical working week will involve:

  • Making children feel happy and secure while they are away from their parents
  • Feeding them according to their dietary requirements
  • Changing nappies where appropriate
  • Organising and implementing learning-related play to benefit the children’s development
  • Taking older children to school and collecting them afterwards
Is it right for me?

Needless to say, you’re going to have to really love kids to embark on a career as a Childminder, because you’ll be seeing a lot of them. You’ll also have to be prepared to set part of your home up to accommodate them safely – and you need to be at least 18 for legal reasons.

Childminders mostly set their own hours, but you’ll have to be prepared to do some evening and early morning work, and your energy and enthusiasm will need to be a constant whatever the time of day.

Other qualities good Childminders will possess include:

  • A sense of humour
  • Endless patience
  • An awareness of health, safety and child development issues
  • Knowledge about child protection requirements
  • Good communication skills – both with parents and children
  • The ability to organise your own tax and accountancy affairs, as you’ll be self-employed
What's it really like?

I became a Childminder after having my own kids and deciding I didn't want to return to working in an office environment. Of course, it's challenging when a child is upset or wreaking havoc, but the rewards are well worth it. I can make a real difference to children's lives - plus I spend a good part of almost every day laughing. Who else is lucky enough to be able to say that?

Get qualified

It isn’t necessary to have a degree to become a Childminder. However, you will need to register with Ofsted and pass an inspection before you can begin taking children on. Some industry specific qualifications including the Level 3 Childminding Course Online – and  Child Care Diploma Level 3 are also a great way to validate your skills.

Level 3 Childminding Course Online - Ofsted Approved for Nanny, babysitter, childminder

This course is ideal for candidates who are looking to work as a childminder, babysitter, nanny or are looking to set up their own home-based childcare service. This course is Ofsted approved. You can take this childcare course online.

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Child Care Diploma Level 3

This Diploma qualification has been designed to provide its students with an industry-specific skillset, with practical training to become a registered childminder and a particular focus on child development, health and safety, ‘learning through play’, legal responsibilities and the promotion of child welfare and child protection procedures.

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