24 October 2018

It's Never Too Late To Retrain As A Childminder

When I was younger, I always knew that I wanted to have children. In fact, as well as having my own children, I wanted to work with them too. I could never decide whether I wanted to be a primary school teacher or a childminder. But I knew that it was something I would do one day.

Since then, things have changed and I went into a career of working in the legal industry instead, and now write for this blog, as well as over at At Home With Kayla, talking about our life together. It has always played on my mind though and has still been something that I want to do eventually.


And that's what I realised. It's never too late to retrain as a childminder. Obviously, being a childminder isn't easy; you can't just offer yourself out online and start looking after people's children. I've looked into how to become a childminder and realised that even though you don't actually need any qualifications, as you would if you were working in a school. 

You do need to register with Ofsted, apply for Disclosure and Barring Service (for you and any other adult in your household), and do a full paediatric First Aid course before you can even start taking on children, whilst also making sure your home is safe and up to date with safety checks and making sure you have the right equipment and toys too. 

Doing all of this, and speaking to your local council about being a childminder, could take a couple of month to complete and then you'll also need to keep up to date with your self-employed status during this time too, ensuring all your record keeping systems are in place and that you keep receipts for everything to prove that you are truly committed to providing a fun and educational placement for children. 

And then of course, there is always scope to develop from there too. With the growing demand for childcare for children with special needs, there are courses which can help you to understand autism, or become a specialist in caring for children with certain conditions.

There are many ways in which you can start prepping to become a childminder, and using this childminding safety checklist from NCC Home Learning, you can see just how safe and thorough you need to be in your home before you should even contemplate it...

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