Becoming a Childminder

The Essential Guide

Are you looking for a rewarding, flexible career that allows you to care for your own children at the same time as you work? For many, childminding seems like the ideal solution. However, it’s not as simple as just spreading the word and waiting for parents to come flocking to your door. Childcare is a highly regulated sector and the checks and systems in place to protect children are rigorous and may at times seem overwhelming. This easy-to-follow. comprehensive guide will steer you through the application process in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There is clear information on what forms you have to fill in and how to submit them; the checks that will be carried out on you and members of your family and the requirements for your home and setting. Then there’s plenty of practical advice on how to advertise your services, how to set up agreements with parents; how to complete the necessary policies and procedures; how you will be inspected and the day-to-day running of your service. Author: Sharon Parry

Chapter Headings

What is a Childminder?

When and How to Register as a 
Childminder – England

When and How to Register as a 
Childminder – Wales

When and How to Register as a 
Childminder – Scotland

When and How to Register as a 
Childminder – Northern Ireland

Regulation of Childminders

Paperwork and Policies

Running the Business

Training and Career Opportunities

Additional Information

Help List


Author Bio

Dr Sharon Parry is a qualified and experienced Environmental Health Officer with a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health. During her successful research career she’s published many papers in scientific journals, lectured, and co-authored a scientific text book. 
Now working as a freelance writer, Sharon relishes interpreting complex scientific texts and regulatory information to produce clear, easy-to-read information for her clients. She has published work for children as well as adults. 

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