Using a Childminder 

What is a childminder?

A childminder is someone who cares for children for more than two hours of the day, for rewards, in their own house.  Childminders are self employed, registered by Ofsted and set their own terms and conditions.

By law, Childminders can only care for six children under the age of eight years old, which means that your child will always be cared for in an environment where there are low ratios.


What training do childminders have?

All childminders must have attended an Introduction to Childminding course and many will have taken this further, updating their skills and knowledge by gaining a Level 2 or 3 qualification and attending various training courses.  

It is a legal requirement for childminders to update First Aid training every three years and to attend Local Authority approved Safeguarding training.


How do parents know that childminders are properly qualified?

All childminders must be registered with Ofsted.  To find out more about a childminder registration, parents can check online and read their Ofsted report, which will also tell them about any complaints which have been upheld against the childminder.

The majority of childminders will also have a DBS (formerly known as CRB) check, unless they were registered before October 2005.  Parents should ask to see the childminder's documentation before placing their child in the childminder's care.


What can a childminder offer my child?

I offer children a very flexible combination of care, learning and play in our home and garden.  We will also take your child on regular planned outings in the local community.  All areas of learning and development will be delivered through a playful curriculum with a range of adult led, adult guided and child initiated activities designed to follow children's learning styles and interests.


Do you go on outings?

Yes, childminders take children on a variety of regular outings to local venues such as the library, toddler groups, singing sessions, nature trails, supermarket to buy healthy snacks chosen by the children, cafes for snack, leisure centres, etc.


Do childminders follow a curriculum like nurseries?

Yes. we follow a play based curriculum, using the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to promote children's learning and development.


What if a childminder is ill?

Childminders work very closely with local childminders to offer you a back up service in case of a problem, an emergency of if I am ill or on holiday. 


Do childminders accept childcare vouchers?

Yes, all Ofsted registered childminders can sign up to receive payment via vouchers.  Remember though that is is the parent who is responsible for paying their childminder, not the Voucher Company and late payments may cause the childminder considerable financial implications.

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