Why choose a childminder?
Children benefit from being in a secure environment with a strong attachment to their main carer.
When their main carer on a day-to-day basis can't be a parent, a registered childminder is a fantastic next-best!
Your child will always be welcomed into the setting by the same friendly face - they will learn new skills and develop safe in the security of a family environment.
A childminder's home is inspected by OFSTED (who also inspect schools, pre-schools and nursery settings) to ensure that it is both safe and stimulating.
A registered childminder has to prove to OFSTED that they are meeting all the correct welfare and developmental requirements set by the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
By using a registered childminder, you may be able to claim help towards childcare costs, or take advantage of your employers Childcare voucher scheme which can give you tax relief on childcare costs that you pay.
Registered childminders, and any assistants, must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Registered childminders must have a valid Paediatric First Aid certificate that has to be renewed every 3 years - this includes how to deal with choking, head injuries and resuscitation so if the worst does happen your child will be in the best possible hands.
Registered childminders must carry out child protection training at least every 2 years.
Registered childminders must maintain public liability insurance.