A Childminder will look after children normally in their own home while parents are at work. This could be young children and babies or older children after school or during the school holidays. As a childminder you may have to provide a range of play activities to keep the children occupied, fetch children from school or playgroup, serve meals and change nappies. Most childminders are self employed therefore the amount you could earn can vary greatly, hours can also be variable, some childminders will offer weekend and overnight services.
You do not need any formal qualifications to become a childminder but you would need to be aged 18 or over and you will need to be registered with Ofsted if you are caring for a child or children under the age of eight for more than two hours per day.
Patience and understanding, a love of children, good communication skills, creativity to keep them occupied, knowledge of child protection issues, a good sense of fun, the ability to keep written records.
£16,000 to £20,000