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Become a childminder


Find out how to become a childminder in County Durham.

Are you interested in a career working with children?

There are a number of options for working with children including working in schools and nurseries.  However, if you are looking for a more flexible and rewarding option, where you are your own boss and run your business from your own home, then working as a childminder could be for you.

What does a childminder do?

Childminders usually work from their own home, looking after children. This could be throughout the day with babies and children under five, or after school and in the school holidays with older children. As a childminder you will:

  • Provide a happy and stimulating environment.
  • Provide early years education and see the children develop.
  • Work in your own home, choosing the hours you work and the services you provide.
  • Care for your own children at the same time if you have a family.

As a childminder you will be registered and inspected by Ofsted to ensure you provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that you care for. Activities may include:

  • Arranging play and learning experiences which are relevant to children's age and stage of development.
  • Providing healthy and nutritious meals and snacks for children and promoting healthy lifestyle.
  • Implementing policies and procedures in line with Ofsted and good practice guidance.
  • Working together with parents and carers.
  • Taking children to and from school or clubs.

How do I become a childminder?

To find out more about how to become a childminder in County Durham call us or visit the Families Information Service website to download a pre-registration guide or view course and cost information.

Contact us
Childminder registration enquiries
03000 268 916
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