Registered childminders are professional childcarers who work in their own homes to provide care and education for other people’s children. They are registered and inspected by OFSTED. There are currently approximately 160 childminders registered in the city of York.
Registered childminders are self employed and are responsible for their own tax and National Insurance. They are not “employed” by parents but negotiate a contract for their service for which they charge a fee. It is important to remember that all childminders need to have an inclusion policy that ensures that every child’s needs are met.
Childminding is a rewarding career, and provides opportunities for developing new skills and qualifications.
Childminding provides you with the opportunity to:
It is a big decision to become a childminder so it is important you have all the facts and make an informed decision. To help you to do this:
We have also put together helpful information for you to decide if you want to become a childminder and to help you plan.
For answers to common questions see becoming a childminder: frequently asked questions
You should research the business case for becoming a childminder in your locality.
The Quality Improvement team can offer support and advice pre registration.
View a list of local training providers who offer childcare related qualifications