More than simply 'babysitting', this professional role involves care, education and helping in children's development.
Duties may include:
A childminder's tasks would typically include but would not be limited to:
Providing inspirational learning activities
Providing a range of free play activities, both indoors and outside
Planning, preparing, and serving meals
Changing nappies and making up bottles for babies
Taking children on outings
It is essential for childminders to provide a safe environment for children.
What qualifications do you need and how do you become a child minder?
You will need a childcare qualification and certificates in health & safety, and safeguarding before you register as a childminder. You must have public liability insurance and business insurance to drive with childminded children in your car (if relevant).
If you want to care for children under eight for more than two hours a day, you'll need to register with Ofsted. Before you register, you will usually need:
A childcare qualification approved by your local council
A paediatric first aid course
Training in safeguarding children
Training in food hygiene
All childminders in England must comply with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS – for children from birth to age five) which is the statutory framework, and the Childcare Register (legislation which covers the care of children from age five upwards).
First, you should take a look at Ofsted’s pre-registration briefing on becoming a childminder. You will need to pass:
Enhanced background checks https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role
A medical check
Child-minders are self-employed. The government's Childcare and Early Years Provider 2016 survey found that, on average, childminders make £16,800 a year, although 51% of the childminders it surveyed received less than £15,000 in income over the year.
Parents in London pay an average of £8.60 per hour. However, a new cost calculator from childcare.co.uk shows that there is significant variation even within London. In Hammersmith & Fulham, for example, a childminder will cost £8.63 on average, compared to £6.80 across the whole of London (3 Jan 2019).