What is a childminder?
As a childminder you are self-employed and seen as a professional looking after children aged from 0 to 16 years. You work in your own home and implement the safeguarding and welfare requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Childminders are registered and inspected by Ofsted the governing body.
Childminders may also offer, respite care, support for teenage parents, short breaks for disabled children, mentoring for prospective childminders and some even work in partnership with other childminders.
As a registered childminder you may also be able to access Government funding to provide childcare for some 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
View details of registered childminders in Telford and Wrekin.
What is a Quality Assured Network Childminder?
Childminders who are members of the 'Talking Childminders Network' have to work to additional criteria and be able to demonstrate that they are meeting the PACEY Code of Ethics and Professional Standards which include:
- Children First
- Enabling Environments
- Professional Role
- Childcare Service
More information about choosing a quality assured childminder to provide care for your children can be found in our leaflet.
A list of our Quality Assurance Network Childminders can be found here
Here you can view our latest PACEY Network Assessment Report.
What service does the Council provide?
The childminding service within Telford & Wrekin Council offers advice and support to existing childminders ensuring the service they provide is of high quality. We support with training, preparation for Ofsted inspections and ensure childminders link with local support.
In addition they offer briefing sessions to people wishing to become childminders and support them through the registration process. This involves completing home safety checks, advice on relevant training for example: first aid for children, and safeguarding. They hold six briefing sessions a year and each session last 2.5 hours.
The next child minding briefing sessions are:
|Saturday 25 March 2017||10am - 12 noon||Meeting Point House, Telford, TF3 4HS|
|Saturday 29 April 2017||10am - 12 noon||
Meeting Point House, Telford, TF3 4HS
|Saturday 20 May 2017||10am - 12 noon||Meeting Point House, Telford, TF3 4HS|
|Saturday 1 July 2017||10am - 12 noon||Meeting Point House, Telford, TF3 4HS|
|Saturday 9 September 2017||10am - 12 noon||Meeting Point House, Telford, TF3 4HS|
Contact us to book a place on the next briefing session.
Starting a childcare business is not just a matter of child's play! As with any business, there are a number of regulations which you will have to meet before you can open your doors to children.
The Network aims to make sure that the standard of childcare you offer is consistently of the highest quality and is reviewed regularly.
HMRC free online educational support for Childminders
Live webinars for Childminders, including a question and answer sessions
Any queries regarding this support please contact 03000 529670
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
View our FAQs, they may help you decide if childminding is for you!
Q: How do I become registered?
Q: What training do I need?
Q: Will I need to have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check?
Q: Is it expensive to get started?
Q: How much will I earn?
Q: How many children can I have?
Q: How often will Ofsted inspect me?