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If you are thinking of becoming a childminder, you need a comprehensive guide to training, becoming registered with your local authority as well as understanding what services parents and carers would expect you to offer.
The demand for qualified, professional childminders is growing. But it is not just a case of parents or guardians looking for someone to take care of ‘little Jimmy for an hour or two’. Increasingly, parents are looking for high-value childminding services. But what does this mean? And how can you provide it?
As well as sending our children to school to learn, parents and carers are increasingly looking to their childminder to provide a stimulating environment. And for you as a potential childminder, it means understanding:
There is a certain degree of flexibility in being a childminder, as well as many opportunities and challenges. But you need to be confident you have everything in place. The NCC Guide to Becoming a Childminder covers everything from contacting your local authority and the need to register for a Disclosure and Barring Service check, to how the rules around childminding differ in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
*This article was written by the NCC.