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Get the facts on childminder myths in the UK

One of our most popular blogs from last year, was about childminder myths in England. This year we have extended it to the whole of the UK. Created with PACEY, PACEY Cymru, the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), the Northern Ireland Childminding Association (NICMA) and Childminding Ireland we have refreshed our myths and given you the facts from around the UK and Ireland. 

Fact: In England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales childminding services are regulated and inspected by the inspectorate or body who has the legal responsibility for this in each country. The age and number restrictions for childminders vary by country but are designed to ensure the needs of children are paramount.

England - Ofsted

In the Republic of Ireland a review is underway to look at creating an appropriate quality assurance system. Republic of Ireland currently have TUSLA Child and Family Agency.

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Fact: Play is an essential ingredient to support children to think and make sense of the world around them. The value of play is understood by childminders who will have a daily routine in place to ensure children's learning and development needs are being met. 

This includes a range of stimulating activities, including creative play, messy play, outdoor play, reading, storytelling, role play and music. Childminders may take children on regular trips; depending on the hours a child attends a setting; and participate in groups and activities within the local area. 

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Fact: The maximum number of children that can be cared for by a childminder, including the childminders' own children and any others they are responsible for, is limited depending on the age of the children and the space available to ensure that the needs of individual children are met. 

This is set by the inspectorate or body who has the responsibility for this in each country.

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Fact: Many childminders are highly qualified professionals and are committed to their personal development. As part of the process to register as a childminder they will have had to evidence their knowledge of child development and will have records of training and qualifications undertaken to share with those looking to use their service.  

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Fact: Although the childcare and early years sector as a whole is dominated by women, an increasing number of men are choosing to become childminders. Many of these are fathers who see childminding as a career option that allows them a better work-life balance and the chance to be their own boss. Many families value male childminders as positive male role models for their children and it is not uncommon to see couples working as co-childminders. 

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Fact: Some parents, especially mothers returning to work after maternity leave, have concerns that a childminder will form a closer bond to the child than they do which adds to the emotional concerns of leaving a young child. The reality is that childminders understand that a child's relationship with parent/s is paramount and are never seeking to replace them.

Childminders have experience of working in partnership with parents and have a key role to play in supporting smooth transitions between the home and childminder setting and attachment with the child. The likelihood is that a professional bond will grow between the family and the childminder over time which supports all involved and ensures a better outcome. 

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Fact: Childminders are self-employed and enter into a contract with the parent to deliver a childminding service. This arrangement creates an equality between childminder and parent allowing for the best interests of the child to be considered. 

In practice this means the parent pays a fee for the childminding service provided and the childminder is responsible for managing their own tax and insurance. More information about this can be obtained from the national organisations that support childminding. 

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Fact: There are a variety of ways that parents are now helped with the cost of childcare. Conditions vary across the UK and Ireland, but in general support for childcare costs may be available if you are using a registered childminder in the UK. In the Republic of Ireland the system for registration of childminders is being reviewed, and it is hoped that state supports will be more widely available as a result. Tax systems vary, but within the UK this includes the childcare element of working tax credit and universal credit as well as the newer tax free childcare. Some parents are also still able to access childcare vouchers which can be used to help with childcare costs with childminding services. Most variation in entitlement is with funded hours through government funded programmes for childcare and education. For some parents this amounts to a considerable number of hours, (up to 30 hours for 3 and 4 year olds in England, up to 30 hours currently in some areas of Wales with expansion planned by 2020 and increasing up to 30 hours in Scotland by 2020). 

There is variation between UK countries on how this funding can be used to support the costs of childminding by families, further information is available from the national organisations that support childminding. In the Republic of Ireland, parents using the service of a TUSLA registered childminders are eligible to apply for the ‘September Measures’ of the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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Download the full myth busting slides in Welsh here.

Further information:

England and Wales - PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years)
Northern Ireland - NICMA (Northern Ireland Childminding Association)
Republic of Ireland - Childminding Ireland
Scotland - SCMA (Scottish Childminding Association)

  
 

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