May is celebrated as childminding month

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May is celebrated as Childminding month throughout Scotland to highlight and promote the important role that childminders play in the lives of children and families.

Childminders are able to provide a flexible childcare service for children of all ages and are often the only viable form of childcare in rural areas. Childminding not only supports families with their childcare needs; it provides employment and opportunities for individuals to develop new skills and achieve qualifications.

What is childminding?

Registered childminders are professional child carers who work in their own homes to provide care for other people’s children in a family setting. They have to be regulated and inspected by the Care Inspectorate. Registered childminders are self employed and take care of their own tax and national insurance. They are not ‘employed’ by parents but negotiate a contract for their service for which they charge.

How many children will 
I be able to care for?

Childminders can care for up to 6 children under 12 at any one time of whom no more than 3 are not yet attending school and no more than one is under a year old. This will include the childminder’s own children and be dependant on personal circumstances.

How long does

registration take?

The time taken to register varies, but should not normally take longer than 3 months from the date of receipt of the completed application form.

how much does it cost to set up a childminding business?

There will be things to pay for in setting up your childminding business which will include, a registration fee, insurance and equipment. The Early Years Partnership gives a grant of £250 to each new childminder to cover these costs. New childminders can also apply for a further £250 for any additional equipment required. The Early Years Partnership also supplies new childminders with a start up pack.

Why be a childminder?

Childminding is a rewarding career which provides opportunities for developing new skills and qualifications.

Registered childminding provides you with the opportunity to: Contribute to children’s development and learning; Run your own business; Work from home; Provide a valuable service to your community; Develop new skills and qualifications.

How do I become a

registered childminder?

By law you must be registered by the Care Inspectorate.

The registration process involves references, training, a health check and a PVG check on the would-be childminder and every other adult in the household. The prospective childminder’s home is also inspected, to ensure that the areas to be used are a safe and suitable environment for children.

Following registration the Care Inspectorate carries out an annual inspection to monitor standards and premises.

The Early Years Office provides support, information and advice for those going through the registration process, find out more by calling: 01851822655 or email - earlyyearsenquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk