Becoming a childminder: What is a childminder?

The recent pandemic has seen more and more people working from home, many of whom are parents balancing work or have been placed on furlough providing childcare, doing household chores and home schooling every day. Whilst some may be counting down the days for the world to re-open as the ‘new normal’, many parents are enjoying this new lifestyle.


For those who are relishing in their home-based environment may have considered making it a permanent routine, potentially starting a new venture as a childminder.

If you love children and want to help give them the best start in life, being a registered childminder could be an ideal career for you. Not only do you get to work with children all day, but you can work in your own home, and choose the hours and days you wish to work.

Childminders are responsible for planning and preparing a programme of play based activities and in the completion of all relevant record keeping, paperwork and administration. Childminders can care for up to 6 children under the age of 8, three of which can be aged under 5 and classed as ‘young children’. A single childminder can only accept one under 1 year old.

Becoming a childminder is a highly rewarding career; with lower adult/child ratios, children’s individual needs can be met on a more personable basis.

Childminder’s own children can be cared for by their parents in their own home, alongside children of a similar age whilst getting real life learning experiences.

Childminders play an active part in the community, providing top quality childcare for local families. To read the government advice on how to become a childminder, please click here.

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