How to become a childminder

Working with children isn’t everyone’s dream jobs, however, for some people it is the ideal choice. There are plenty of different roles that you can pick from when it comes to working with children.

One of the choices that you have is to become a childminder. But what does a childminder do, how do you become one and is it the right choice for you to make?

Let’s take a look at some more information about how to become a childminder.

What does a childminder do?

As the name suggests, a childminder is responsible for the care of someone’s child. This often takes place in their home, where the parents or guardians will drop off the children for an allotted period of time.

The age of the children that you take care of can vary between a newborn and older children and you will often find that you are busier during summer holidays and after school.

Some of the tasks that a childminder will need to do is:

  • Prepare and serve meals
  • Make up bottles for babies
  • Change nappies
  • Organise play activities
  • Take children on outings
  • Take children to school and pick up from school

A childminder needs to not only be dedicated to the care of the children that they are trusted with, but they also need to be able to communicate fully with the parents too.

What qualities do you need to become a childminder?

A childmind is patient and calm, they are able to work with children and keep them entertained with ease. A childminder understands how important it is to ensure that children have things to do and the main parts of taking care of a child, particularly one that is younger and needs extra attention.

Usually people who are childminders are creative, able to work with numbers and enjoy helping children learn and grow. They have caring natures and are friendly and approachable.

How do you become a childminder?

Think that you have what it takes to become a childminder? The good news is that as this is a self-employed role, there are actually no formal qualifications that are needed to work as a childminder. That said, it is incredibly useful to have a relevant care or childcare qualification as well as a National Certificate in Child Care before you embark on this career choice.

It is also worthwhile taking courses that cover elements of care as well as child development, as these will prove useful, and if you are preparing food during the working day, then it may also be a good idea to take a health and food safety course too.

If you do want to become a childminder then you need to be registered with the Care Inspectorate, who will carry out checks on your property to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

Finally, as a self-employed role, you will need to ensure that you understand what it takes to run your own business and that you will be able to tackle some of the tasks that are associated to this.

All in all, whilst there is some work that you need to do to become a childminder, being able to look after children and watch them grow has to be one of the most worthwhile roles that you take on in your life.