There have been alot of misconceptions as to what a childminder actually is? Do they have to be registered?
How many children can they care for? Hopefully the following information will help to clarify this.
· Registered childminders
look after children along with other children, usually in their own home.
· They are allowed to care for up to six children under the
age of eight, including their own – but no more than three of them can be aged under five.
· Childminders are Self-employed,
they decide what hours they work. Most are willing to be flexible working early morning, evenings and weekends,
as well as part time.
· All childminders are required to have completed a basic training
course, including first aid, and most go on to do further training and professional development.
· Your child should experience learning and development activities suitable for their age which are based on the Birth
to Three Matters Framework and the Foundation Stage.
· Anyone looking after a child under eight years, for more than
two hours a day must register with OFSTED. If they care for them in thier own home they must register as a childminder.