How to Become a Childminder

Become a Childminder

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become a childminder and the qualities it takes to become a good childminder.

What Does a Childminder Do?

If you love children then being a childminder might well be an ideal career choice for you.  Being a childminder, you will spend your working days caring for other people's children. 

Childminders are usually self-employed and look after children in their own homes. You will usually work during the day, looking after older children before and after school, and younger children throughout the day while their parents are at work.

As a childminder, your duties will include taking the older children to school and picking them up when necessary, feeding the children according to their dietary needs, changing nappies when necessary and engaging the children in learning related playing and games.

Is Becoming a Childminder Right For Me?

A childminder must possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Good communication skills with both parents and children.
  • The ability to discuss sensitive issues; you may need to discuss the negative behaviour of a child with their parents.
  • The ability to organise your own tax.
  • Knowledge of child protection requirements.
  • Knowledge of health, safety and hygiene.
  • A love of children.
  • Patience
  • A good sense of humour.

How Much Can a Childminder Earn?

How much you earn depends entirely on how many children you look after and there are rules in place regarding this.

A childminder might charge anywhere between £3.50 and £6 per child, per hour.  A single childminder can look after six children up to the age of eight years old. Only three of these can be under five, and only one can be under a year old.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Childminder?

There are no qualifications required to become a childminder.  You only need to register with Ofsted and pass an inspection.