How did Professional Registered Childminding start?
Registered Childminding is not just a job. For many it is a full time professional career, allowing individuals to offer childcare services to parents using their own home as their business base.
Quite rightly it was recognised that the provision of childcare services should be regulated and monitored, and as a consequence Childminders became registered, the registration certifying that they worked within the required statutory laws and operated using guiding principles that ensured a child’s and development.
What does ‘Registered’ mean?
The law states that all childminders must be registered. This means that the regulatory body Ofsted has approved each and every childminding operation.
If registered, your Childminder will:-
- Have regular home inspections to ensure the premises, on which childcare is undertaken, is safe, secure and suitable for young children.
- Be insured. A Registered Childminder will have the necessary insurance required to undertake childcare services.
- Have been personally checked by the criminal records bureau along with any other adult members of the family.
- Have passed the required paediatric first aid training courses to enable the provision of treatment in an emergency.
- Have taken the required training courses as laid down by Ofsted.
- Be registered with environmental Health to prepare food.
What hours do Registered Childminders work?
It is up to each Registered Childminder as to the number of hours they work as they are all self employed.
Some work between 8am to 6pm while others are more than willing to take children earlier and work later. Some will work weekends while others will look after children overnight if you job requires you to work a nightshift.
Some Registered Childminders offer a before and after school service, delivering and collecting your child on your behalf, continuing to mind your child until you finish work.
Hours worked and terms and conditions are set by each childminder so try and find one which suits your particular needs.
Why should I choose a Registered Childminder?
There a great number of reasons why you should use a registered childminder to help you manage your childcare needs:-
Registered childminders can offer the children in their care a lot more personal attention due to the small numbers cared for. This is opposed to nurseries or kids clubs where the carer to children ratio can be a lot different. A smaller personalised service means that your Child’s personal requirements can be met including sleeping, toilet training, homework etc.
You will find many childminders look after children from their first year right through to their teens. As you would expect a relationship is quickly formed between the Childminder and child and this flourishes over the years. Childcare stability is essential and this something, which can be found with registered childminding care.
You will often find that because a Registered Childminder works from home they can be a lot more flexible in their arrangements with you, whether this be in drop off / collection arrangements, help with homework, monitoring of your Child’s daily activity or their sleeping preferences. As a childminder works from home they can offer your child the reassuring ‘homelike’ atmosphere, which is very essential during their early years.
Childminders can look after children of all ages. Because of this, they generally can accommodate older or younger siblings which, as well as making life easier for you, helps retain the family bond.