I have minded a few school aged home educated children - siblings, but they didn't always all come at the same time. I didn't provide education for them, but like you said, most activities are educational anyway. I have always provided irregular hours, holiday childcare and on call minding, so it wasn't really any different. I find it nicest when I have the kids for a long uninterrupted time so I can take them out rather than sit around in the home.... we always had great fun!
I nanny a home ed child, the parents both work five day sets of shifts and there are two days that they can't cover between them if they want family time at any point (some overlapping time off) so they have me to cover that time. I can see why a childminder would be needed, especially as it would suit older children more if you specialised in older, home ed kids. You may need to think about opening hours that would suit local home ed families. Have a ask around your local home ed community if you can, the he boards would likely know contact details for your local groups
There is defintitely a market for chIldming older home educated children. Many parents work part time and fit the children's education in around that. I think a lot of people rely in family and friends to help out, but a childminder would be a great option to have.
Have you tried posting on Home Ed to see if any of the regular posters on there have views as to what demand there might be for a childminder? Also some of them may know quite a bit about home education related law, so may be able to offer wise words about how to comply with the home education rules.
Would parents who home educate their children be wanting a childminder? They may occasionally need someone to help out - say if one child was in hospital - but most of the time I can't see why they would be wanting a childminder... am I missing something? I just don't see there being much demand.
Thanks for the replies.I guess I need to read the ofsted pages thoroughly. I would not be responsible for their education although activities and outings would be educational anyhow(as all childminders settings are). I would obviously target the activities according to their age/interests.Luckily I have experience of this having been a primary school teacher for the last 10 years.
Not entirely sure what you are saying there - when would you look after the older children? Would they be doing any education-related activities while they are with you?
As south345 says, childminding for children 8 years and over is not regulated, although you can register on the voluntary part of the childcare register which would make it possible for parents to use childcare vouchers or the childcare element of working tax credit to pay you.
However if you are providing education you may need to register as a school.
As you probably already know, Local Authorities are often perceived as unsupportive towards home education, and some LA childcare coordinators are less flexible than others regarding their support for childminders. Put the two together and you could be in for a hard time!
I checked with ofsted as I have a 6 year old who is currently between schools so effectively not in education and he counts as a 5-8 even though not in education. Are you planning to have under 8 year olds? if so you will have to register if you fit the other criteria (sorry can't do links but in the ofsted website), it's voluntary if you're only caring for over 8's.
hello, I was wondering if any of you could help me.I'm looking into becoming a childminder but for children who are home-educated.(ie.older children). Do the same rules apply re registering? Not sure if anyone will be able to help me but worth a try. I have mentioned this on the home ed board and there does seem to be a market for it but just wondering about the legalities. Thanks for any info.