If you love children and want to give them the best start; if you would like to have a rewarding career, be your own boss and run your business from home... then being a registered childminder might be just the profession for you!
We advise that you do some research as to the need for more childcare in your area; some areas are well serviced while other areas need more provision. Buckinghamshire County Council’s Sufficiency Assessment will help you to see what provision is currently in your area. Information can also be found at Buckinghamshire Family Information Service.
When you're working with small children, no two days will be the same, but a childminder's typical day is likely to include:
Once you are a registered childminder, there is an expectation that you will join the Buckinghamshire County Council Directory of Approved Funded Entitlement Childcare Providers. This enables you to provide funded places for 2,3 and 4 year olds. For more information, please contact your Quality Improvement Partner.
As a registered childminder you will be self-employed and must register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) within three months of starting work. HMRC have produced an e-learning package with tax advice for childminders, which you can work through at your own pace. They have also created a ready reckoner to help you budget for your first tax bill, and a range of free record keeping apps.
If you provide food for the children you care for, you need to think about food hygiene as it is your responsibility to make sure that the food you provide is fit to eat. There is more information available on the Foods Standards Agency website. New data sharing arrangements between Ofsted and the Food Standards Agency means that Ofsted will share relevant childminders registration data with Local Authority food teams. Childminders who are already registered with Ofsted are no longer required to register as a food business with their local authority.