Childminder of the Year 2015

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Annually May is childminding month when the Early Years Service promotes childminding as a career.

As part of the promotion parents are encouraged to nominate their childminder, in thirty words what is special about their childminder. The votes are then counted and winners declared.

This year’s prize winner is Sharon Mackinnon. Sharon has been child minding for five years and looks after children from age 1 to 5 years.

Parents who voted for this year’s winner stated:

“Sharon Mackinnon provides my son with a stimulating, friendly and safe environment while I work. I trust her judgement and her care of the most precious thing I have.”

“My little boy has been with Sharon since he was 9 months old, he’s now 18 months. As a young first time mum, going back to finish my Nursing degree was a hard decision to make, and with a partner who works away and only a few family members on the island, Sharon is indispensable.

“My work requires me to do shifts starting at 7am and staying until 8pm, and Sharon has never complained, or charged any extra for the very unsociable hours. She is a fantastic childminder and has helped my child’s confidence and vocabulary immensely too!”

The prizes of a bowl and £50 gift voucher were presented by Councillor Catriona Stewart who is chair of the Early Years Partnership.

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.

If you are interested in becoming a registered childminder the Early Years Service 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 & safety literature.

If you would like more information, please contact: Early Years Office on 01851 822655 or email: