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Have you considered becoming a childminder?

Becoming a childminder and looking after children in your own home can be an extremely rewarding career choice.7

There are many positive outcomes and reasons for becoming a childminder:
• Being self-employed and running your own business
• In control of your own working hours
• Working from your own home and balancing the needs of your own family
• Caring for small groups of children, providing target learning opportunities, watching them grow and develop
• Possibilities to undertake training, qualifications and career progression
• Being able to work around school holidays.

Childminders are required to register with Ofsted www.gov.uk/becomechildminder-nanny and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage
Curriculum when working with children under the age of five.

To register with Ofsted you may need to complete a training course and have current paediatric first aid qualification.
To find out more about becoming a childminder in Slough come along to our next information session on 6 March, to book visit:
www.slough.gov.uk/earlyyearscareers.
Call or email for some advice on how to take the first steps - 01753 476554 or earlyyears@slough.gov.uk.

Training to become a childminder

The course will require you to attend seven training sessions, each lasting 2½ hours and a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid training course. This is usually completed over two Saturdays. Topics covered by the training are designed to prepare you to become a registered childminder.
You would also need to set aside some time to complete some tasks covered on each training session to support your application for
registration.
Before commencing your training you would need to consider the following costs:
• Pre-registration Training usually costs up to £245 - this includes the Paediatric First Aid Training
• Disclosure and Barring Checks for each member of your household over the age of 16 years living and working on the premises, including your children £53 per person
• Registration with Ofsted is £35-£103 depending on which register you join
• Health Declaration: this can be anything up to £120 dependingon your GP
• Public Liability Insurance can vary in price from £60 for basic insurance up to £300 for memberships with professional bodies which includes insurance
• You would also need to consider other purchases you may need, such as extra car seats or a double pushchair, an additional high chair etc.

Meet Gurpreet

Gurpreet has been a childminder since 2014: ‘’I was an HR Manager for Tesco, I really enjoyed my job. I always wanted to do something in teaching, whether it was working from home or a school teacher.
"I left Tesco as it wasn’t fitting in with my family life, and I re-educated myself in childcare. I completed a distant learning course in NVQ Level 3. I would recommend men and women to go into childcare as it gives you time with your own children, as well as being independent and at the same time still having a professional lifestyle.
"I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I take great pride and joy in teaching and developing children of all ages.’’

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