Love children? Start an exciting new career as a childminder

11:12, Wednesday, 22nd November 2023

Would you like to be your own boss, work flexible hours within your own home and support children to learn and explore the world around them?

Becoming a childminder would allow you to do just that and much, much more.

Every day is different and can provide parents with an opportunity to spend quality time with their own children, whilst earning a living and perusing a career.

Amanda Foley, one of North Lincolnshire’s most longstanding childminders said: “I’ve been childminding for 20 years, and I still learn something new every week.”

Anyone interested in becoming a childminder can attend one of the upcoming sessions to find out more about the role and the process involved in becoming Ofsted registered.

North Lincolnshire Council are running free, online sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 28 November 2023
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023
  • Thursday 4 January 2024

from 6pm to 8pm via Microsoft Teams which is free to download.

Individuals who are just starting out in their childminder career could also be entitled to a £600 start up grant if they register with Ofsted before 31 March 2025.

This is a brand-new scheme to drive up the number of Ofsted registered childminders within North Lincolnshire that is backed by Government cash.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children, families and communities said: “Childminders come from a wide range of backgrounds and welcome families into their home to provide high quality, nurturing childcare with many choosing to join the profession to start a new career which enables them to combine running a professional business with caring for their own children.

“They are qualified, experienced professionals that are regulated and inspected by Ofsted.

“I would urge anyone who is thinking about becoming a childminder to attend one of the briefing sessions to find out more about the process involved.

“They are short informative sessions, giving people an insight into the highly rewarding and unique role, as well as advice and guidance for setting up your own business and the financial support currently available.”

Some common questions that will be answered at the session, include:

• Do I need childcare experience?
• What qualifications do I need to become a childminder?
• What financial help can I get to become a childminder?
• I rent my home, can I be a childminder?
• How do I register with Ofsted?

There is a variety of blended learning options available to people who want to become an Ofsted registered childminder as well as 1 to 1 guidance and advice.

For further information, to secure your place on one of the Childminder Briefing Sessions, or the Childminder Training Programme, email earlyyearsteam@northlincs.gov.uk, call 01724 297000 or visit the North Lincolnshire Council website.