Childminder

babysitter
Care

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The role

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What's it like?

You would look after people’s children in your own home whilst their parents are at work or studying.

You’d make the children feel safe and keep them warm and well-fed. You’d spend time playing, chatting and reading. You’d enjoy having fun with them.

You could look after babies and children under five during the day or older children after school and in the school holidays.

You would:

  • Plan, prepare and serve the children’s meals
  • Change nappies and make up bottles for babies
  • Offer a range of play activities, both indoors and outside, to help children develop
  • Take children on outings, for example to the park or to toddler groups
  • Take children to and from playgroup or school

You’d need to make sure they are safe when they are with you, so you’d need to know about child protection issues, and that your house is clean and hygienic.

You’d carry out parents' requests for their children's diet, routines and religion. You’d also tell them about what their children have been doing when they are with you.

Working conditions

Hours

You will be able to set your own hours to some extent, but these will have to fit in with the needs of parents. Some childminders offer a weekend and/or overnight service for parents who work shifts.

Environment

Your home will be inspected to make sure it is safe and hygienic, and you may need to make some changes, such as fitting safety gates.

Travel

You may have to take the children on outings or to school or playgroup. Some parents may request that you have a driving licence.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

People behind the job

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Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Listening to people
  • Caring for people
  • Helping people to learn
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Being creative
  • Planning and organising
  • Working with numbers

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this self-employed role, though a relevant care or childcare qualification such as a National Certificate in Child Care may be of value.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Care
  • Childcare & development
  • Health and food technologies

 

You will also need

You must be registered with the Care Inspectorate to look after a child in your home for more than two hours every day. The Care Inspectorate will visit your home to assess safety and your suitability to mind children.  

All members of your household aged 16+ will require a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) certificate from Disclosure Scotland to show that their criminal record does not deem you unsuitable. They will undertake further checks each year.

You must be at least 18 years old.

Helpful to have

  • Work-based experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (SVQ level 2/3)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Practical cookery skills

The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) runs approved short courses through local colleges.

Experience of working with children is very useful.