Angela Buchanan was selected as ‘Childminder of the Year’, as a result of a competition held during Childminding Month.
Angela has been childminding for 11 years and has seven children using her service at present.
The parents who nominated Angela described her and her service in the following ways:“Knowing that my child is going to a happy, loving, home from home environment makes it easier for me to go to work.
“The proof in this is that my child is happy going to Angela’s everyday and is made to feel very much part of her family.”
Another parent said: “Thirty words aren’t enough to express how indebted and grateful we are to Angela for her dedicated care in looking after our child.
“Our child is very settled and enjoys the activities/outings/groups/events Angela takes our child to; Angela also goes the extra mile. Her support and help is invaluable to us.”
Childminders work from their own homes to provide care and education for other people’s children in a family setting.
They are registered with the Care Inspectorate and are inspected annually.
Parents choose childminders to look after their children as they offer a flexible service in a homely environment where children learn from real life experiences as well as providing planned activities. Childminders find childminding a rewarding career and also that it provides opportunities for developing new skills and qualifications. Many childminders go on to work in nurseries, schools and other routes of employment.
If you are interested in becoming a registered childminder the Early Years Office provides childminders with advice and guidance, a start up payment of £250 and a welcome pack which includes business and record keeping documentation, a fire blanket, and health and safety literature.
Pictured above is Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Councillor, Catriona Stewart, vice chair of the Early Years Partnership presenting Angela with a bowl and a £50 voucher in recognition of her being awarded the title.