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Childcare

Childminder

Childminders care for babies, toddlers and children in their own home, supporting their learning and development.

Annual Salary

variable

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; as customers demand

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • providing inspirational learning activities
  • offering free play activities, both indoors and outside
  • planning, preparing and serving meals
  • changing nappies and making up bottles for babies
  • taking children on outings
  • taking older children to and from playgroup or school
  • working with other local childcare professionals to support children's learning and development

Working environment

You could work from home.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and physically and emotionally demanding.

You can get into this job through:

  • setting up your own business
Other routes

There are introduction to childminding briefings that cover everything you need to prepare for registering as a childminder. Your local council can give you information on where to find one.

The aim is to make sure that you understand completely what is involved before making a decision about whether it's the right career for you.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Career tips

It's a good idea to do some research where you live to find out if there is a demand for childminders in your local area.

You may need to budget to pay for courses, including first aid, health and safety, and safeguarding. There is a fee for registering with Ofsted and you may need to pay for a medical check.

As you'll be self-employed you might find it useful to find out more about your responsibilities for tax and taking out insurance. You can get advice about this from GOV.UK.

Further information

You'll find details about careers and courses in childcare from the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years and the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

You can find out more about childcare training routes on the early years career progression map.

With experience you could expand your business and take on a childcare assistant. You could also become a network co-ordinator, 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.

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

Foundation Years has information about early years education and childcare.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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