Im currently on maternity leave and I cannot believe how much I love it and how much it has genuinely changed my life. I'm now seriously considering becoming a childminder as it feels like I've had a lightbulb moment of 'why didn't I think of this before?!' If anyone wants to share any advice, hints and tips, their success or any problems they've had id be very grateful. I'm currently searching the web for advice about getting started- please tell me it's not as complicated as it seems! TIA
I'm also on maternity leave and considering becoming a Childminder. I've contacted my LA who have sent me an email explaining how to go about registering etc. I'm currently in the process of carrying out my market research. I've produced a questionnaire to give out to potential customers and am going to start phoning round local Childminders this afternoon. How are you getting on?
Thank you for the replies and the advice about starting sooner rather than later! Something's just 'clicked' and feels right so I think that's where the enthusiasm has come from. I'm still at square one really, I need to find out loads more info and get started on the road to registering. I've been working in sales and direct contact with people for years now and I've jus had enough. Having a baby has made me really think about what I want and what I do and don't enjoy and I've not really enjoyed my job for a long time. I guess this is the push I needed to have a change!
I have been told by several local childminders that there is no work and they are thinking of closing and all doom and gloom but i am turning people away, i advertise and trawl chilcare.co.uk a lot though. so i woudnt pay too much attention to what local childminders say. I thought about doing it during my maernity leave but bottled out and went back to work only to be made redundant a year later and have no income for 6 months while i registered and advertised. Even if you only take on one mindee whle your own child is small to keep you going, or do what i have done and take on 10 and an assistant. I love it, wish i had started sooner.
Hi, I am also looking at becoming a childminder and I was wondering if anyone who has done this already could tell what set-up costs are involved, I am going to attend a Childminder pre-registration briefing with my local authority in the first instance but it would be good to get some insight into costs. Thanks.