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A well-chosen Childminder's warm and caring approach can give your child a secure and stable base, in addition to your home.


A Childminder can offer:

  • individual attention to your child
  • care for a range of ages
  • continuity of care
  • flexibility


A childminder may also be able to offer:

  • funded places for qualifying 2 year olds
  • early years funded places for 3 and 4 year olds


All from a home setting, usually in a convenient location for either your home or workplace.  


Children can experience both the benefit of mixing with children in small groups whilst also enjoying meeting other children in larger groups when the childminder takes them out and about in the community.


A Childminder is trained in the following areas:

  • Childminders preparation and induction course

          Might also be known as Becoming a Childminder, Preparation course, Setting up a Homebased           Childminding course, CYPOP5, foundation childminding or basic childminding course

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding
  • Food Safety Awareness
  • Childrens learning and development


Some childminders also have further qualifications such as a Level 3 Childcare qualification, Foundation degree, Early Years Practitioner to mention just a few.





The registration of Childminders is intended to ensure that children are cared for by suitable people, in an appropriate environment and with a safe level of supervision.


Anyone who cares for children under the age of 8 years of age, for two hours or more, for reward, has to by law be registered (unless they are a close relative e.g. grandparent or two friends caring for each others children on the basis of no reward).

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