Although becoming a childminder might look like an appealing prospect, you need to carefully consider a few things before starting. How will having someone else’s children in your own home impact on your home/family life? (yes, those toys do take over your living space if you are not careful!). You also need to consider financial and practical aspects- keeping up to date paperwork, income and expenditure, paying your own tax etc. How would you deal with being sick/ not getting paid?
Once you have made up your mind, there are a few things you need to ensure you do:
- You will need a current paediatric first aid certificate
- You will also need a valid current DBS (which used to be known as CRB check). Anyone living in your home who is aged 16 or above will also need to have DBS.
- You need to arrange suitable home and public liability insurance (proof may be required for registration with Ofsted).
- You have to complete an introductory course (contact your local council to find details in your area). It is also highly recommended that you hold a childcare or early years qualification (preferably level 3). Contact your local authority Early Years team for more information on available courses and how to get set up before applying for registration.
- Registering with Ofsted or a Childminding Agency (if there is one in your local area). This applies to anyone getting paid to look after children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day. registration. Ofsted will visit your home, check that you are suitably qualified and that you have DBS/insurance etc. when issuing your registration, they will tell you how many children/ what ages you are allowed.
Registering with Ofsted is a big step, and you should research and prepare as they are likely to ask you questions about your policies and procedures, equality and diversity, assessing children’s development and the EYFS, safeguarding, health and safety and more.
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