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Most hold an NVQ Level 3 qualification, or are working towards it. Every childminder is required to hold a paediatric first aid certificate, renewed every 3 years, and an enhanced CRB check is carried out on the childminder and every member of their family over the age of 16.
Your child can stay with the same childminder from a very young age, through to secondary school, providing them with continuity of care and a fantastic sense of belonging. Both you and your child will form a strong relationship with your childminder, ensuring that your return to work is as stress free as possible. If you work long hours, require overnight care, or do shift work, you will always find a childminder who can help with your requirements.
The individual needs of the children are met, and their progress through the early years is recorded through observations; activities are planned to develop skills, as well as having lots of fun!
Children will be involved in messy play, outdoor games, lots of craft, trips to farms, parks, soft play areas, to name a few. Daily routines are very adaptable. Individual dietary requirements, sleeping patterns or homework projects can be catered for with ease, and if the children are tired or a bit under the weather, then they can curl up on the sofa and have lots of cuddles!
After school, and during the school holidays, younger children can spend time with their school age siblings, in the same setting, adding to the convenience for busy working parents.
Why choose a Childminder?
Childminders work from their own homes, providing flexible childcare for busy working parents in a safe and welcoming environment. They are registered with Ofsted, and are inspected regularly to ensure that the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage are being met.