What do childminders do?

Put simply, childminders care for young children. They offer a home-from-home childcare setting, looking after small groups of children of different ages and from different families.

When you're working with small children, no two days will be the same, but a childminder's typical day is likely to include:

  • cooking with and for the children, providing learning experiences and healthy, nutritious meals and snacks
  • creative play, reading, and storytelling with little ones
  • taking children to and from nursery, school, or their other activities and clubs
  • networking and making connections with other childcare and education professionals in the area, working together to support children's learning and development.

Officially, if you are paid or rewarded to look after one or more children under the age of 8, for more than a total of two hours a day in a domestic setting (normally your own home) then you must register as a childminder.

In England, registered childminders are inspected by Ofsted and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate in Wales (CSSIW) inspect childminders in Wales. Ofsted and CSSIW are there to ensure that childminders provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that they care for.

A dynamic career

Childminding is a dynamic and evolving career. Registered childminders are usually self-employed and run their own business. Many go on to expand their business and employ childminding assistants so they can care for more children at once

When you’ve got your new business up and running, there are plenty of courses and training opportunities that will develop your knowledge and confidence.

Being part of PACEY - the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years - means your new childminding career will get off to the best start with the best support. Find out more about joining today