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Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

If you want to care for children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day, you'll need to register with OFSTED. Before you register, you'll usually need:

  • a childcare qualification like the Level 3 Award Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare (or equivalent)
  • a basic first aid course
  • safeguarding children training
  • training in food hygiene

Your first step is to look at GOV.UK’s pre-registration briefing on becoming a childminder.

Your local council may also be able to give you advice and financial help on setting up your childminding business.

You'll also need to have:

  • a medical check
  • an interview and home inspection
  • clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for yourself and anyone else in your home aged over 16

You'll find information on careers and courses in childcare from:

Foundation Years has information about early years education and childcare.

Career Path and Progression

With experience you could expand your business and take on a childcare assistant. You could also become a network coordinator, supporting other local childminders.

With further training you could become a tutor on childminding courses. You could also move into a related job like nursery worker, playworker, community play leader or teaching assistant.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Playworker
  • Nanny
  • Nursery worker
  • School lunchtime supervisor
  • School nurse

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • 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.

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £20,000

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