Becoming a Childminder
Role of a childminder
A Childminder cares for a small group of children of mixed ages in a “home from home” setting. Children are welcomed as individuals, they are offered affection and respect and their developmental and recreational needs are met. Childminders offer a flexible service, tailored to each child, thereby helping parents and guardians to balance their work and family commitments. A Childminder negotiates and agrees her/his terms with parents.
(National Guidelines for Childminders 2008, 2)
Look at your home environment and ask yourself the following questions;
- Do I have adequate space in my home to provide opportunities for play, indoors and out, places for children to sleep, eat, change nappies, etc?
- Are others in my family supportive of my plans and aware of the implications to everyone in the home, including noise, untidiness, wear and tear, a constant busy
atmosphere, parents coming and going, etc?
- Are others in my family prepared to share my time, their own family home with other children?
- Will I have the time and energy at the end of a busy childminding day to devote to my own family and our household needs as well as time to prepare for the next day?
- Am I aware of the importance of finding time for myself, to provide balance in caring for minded children, my own family and myself to avoid stress, fatigue and burnout?
Often a person decides to set up a Childminding Service without realizing the full impact on their home, their family and themselves. If, after considering the issues raised above, you still feel you are a suitable candidate to provide home based childcare you can act on step 2 or 3.
(Childminders Information Booklet 2008,5)
Contact Sligo CCC support & development staff on 07191-48860 and they will discuss Childminding in more detail. They will send you the ‘Childminders Information booklet’ and the ‘National Guidelines for Childminders’.
If you have any further queries, please click on the following link Childminding FAQ