PACEY is a strong advocate for childminders and we want to share the amazing work that they do plus support childminders along the way. Together, this information makes up #childminderchampions. A movement towards the celebration of childminding.
Get involved in the conversation on our Twitter or Facebook using #childminderchampions.
If you are a new childminder, looking to get into the childcare sector and nurture the next generation, find all the information you'll need in our childminder section.
Why become a childminder?
Sometimes, it's important to take a moment to remember the reasons we do the work we do. Childminders are the same, and when we asked why childcarers were proud to work in childcare, we had some lovely responses:
There were so many, we even decided to make this video:
Still wondering why childminders work in early years? Here are five more reasons.
Need some great examples of amazing childminders? Look no further.
Dorothy is a home-based childcarer who share with us why she is a childminder and why she loves her career:
(Dorothy Williams, Registered Childminder)
Maisie Poppins is a home-based childcarer who focuses her business on the development of children, working hard to maintain a balance between the EYFS and child led play. You'll also the parents' point of view, about why they love using a home-based setting.
(Maisie Poppins, Home-based Childcarer)
Lastly, meet Myra, a registered childminder in Wales who changed her career to follow her passion for childcare. Here she talks about why she loves her job so much.
(Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council video)
Meet the rest of our childminders and read their stories.
However, there are many misconceptions about childminders...
Do you think that childminders drink tea all day, or perhaps you think they would put children in front of the television instead of creating constructive activities? You couldn't be more wrong.
Here are some key myths on childminders in England that PACEY have recently tackled:
Read the full myth-busting blog.
We also have additional support for childminders when it comes to funded hours...
Childcarers in England are, from Septmeber, able to offer up to 30 hours free childcare per week to parents. This new government initiative hasn't been without its challenges, however, and we're here to help childminders and other providers make the best decisions for their business.
We've also been active in the media, helping represent our members' interests.
So overall, we think...
Do you agree? Get involved in the conversation on our Twitter or Facebook channels using the hashtag #ChildminderChampions.