Childminders are professional child care providers who are licensed in the United Kingdom to provide care for up to six children in their own homes. Becoming a childminder requires training, registration and regular inspections.Continue Reading
The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years sets out the training required of childminders in England and Wales. Training must include guidance on establishing a safe and healthy child care service, working with parents and developing routines and activities. A fully-accredited childminder must earn the level-three diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce; the initial childminder training is part of the requirements for that diploma.
Attend a pre-registration briefing session held by the local Family Information Service. In most areas, the initial training must be completed before you register, although the application may be accepted if you are currently attending the training. Fill out the application, and pay the registration fee.
You and anyone else living in your home over the age of 16 must have a criminal background check done by the Criminal Records Bureau. In addition, your home must be inspected, and you must undergo a personal interview for suitability as a childminder.
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The Child and Adult Care Food Program, or CACFP, benefits children and adults by providing food aid to institutions offering child and adult care, including group homes and day care centers. This program ensures these institutions have nutritious food for their clients, which fosters health and wellness among the most vulnerable segments of the population. Some types of organizations CACFP helps include after-school care centers for at-risk youth, adult day care centers for the elderly or disabled, and emergency shelters.Full Answer >
Childminders are responsible for taking care of children under eight years of age for more than two hours per day. They normally do this in their own homes for a fee.Full Answer >
A childminder in the United Kingdom may care for up to six children under the age of 8. Three of these children may be young children, who are those who have not reached the September first following their fifth birthday, and only one may be under the age of 1.Full Answer >