...to which I replied, yes running a successful business, selling a service, doing all my own admin and paperwork, working upwards of 50 hour weeks, keeping up with training courses, dealing with endless shit from clients like you, advertising, organising, grafting, it's not like 'work' at all, is it?
And THAT, ladies and gents, is exactly the kind of attitude that has led to me jacking it all in.
She said I woudl struggle to get a job (any job) because I haven't worked for five years. What does she think I do? This is a parent, by the way, who clearly doesn't value Childminding as a career. Which is clearly a common viewpoint.
I haven't had a five year break. I haven't even been a SAHM. I've been working. It is work. It's bizarre and rude to say I haven't been.
I've been asked how will I cope if I have to go and get a proper job, annoying but to be honest though I didn't have a clue what childminders did until I used one and then became one. I think a lot people don't realise the work that goes into it.
I totally get why you are annoyed, what a rude and disrespectful attitude. Of course it's difficult to change career but to imply that you haven't actually been working?! Absolutely ridiculous. It's the kind of thing that the kids I look after come out with - understandably. But from a parent - what the hell is she paying you for then if you're not doing a job of work?
I'm aiming to jack it in at some point too but I want to run a different business, tricky getting another business of the ground when you are doing 50 odd hours a week childminding but I am determined to make it work.
I'm planning to apply to some Estate Agencies to do in-house training as a sales bod, I have sales experience from before I had children and I'm pretty sure I can sell my five years CMing as a positive at interviews.
If I really struggle to get a job, well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. I'm not planning to stop CMing until September so there's time.
Fingers crossed, anyway. Good luck with your new business!
How do employers see it? If you say you were a childminder on your cv, then they may not think much of it. If you said you ran your own successful business, then maybe they would interview you. You need to get the interview, so how you phrase things on cv, covering letter, application form is important. It is great at you are looking at what skills you have, think about how those are transferable to another business and sell yourself.
Wow. How ignorant. How can nannying be a career but CM not?! Surely it is just location that is different (& tbh many CMs are more like mini nurseries so even more complicate than nannying). Good luck with the job hunt. Perhaps you will become one of those Mumpreneur types we read about?!
Audrey, like you I went from CMing to sales. I used exactly the tools you have described in my interview: Excellent organisational skills, promoting my own business, using my own initiative and book-keeping. (Don't forget liaising within a multi-disciplinary team, always makes them think, that one.) Basically sales in a different form, selling yourself and your service provision.
What a rude person!! Luckily my new boss saw it as a positive and I think I convinced them that my career change was really what I wanted and not a gap filler before wandering back to child care. That was a concern of theirs.
I totally understand what you mean, the impression of others is that we sit in a sandpit all day and put on Cbeebies and do our ironing. It's not!! I got sick of the early drop offs/ late pickups and sick kids being brought in effectively closing me down for 3 days while I recovered and cleaned (Noro!!) Trying to get across to parents that its a care setting and not just your home didn't work for me and I never felt 'finished' work.
When I first registered I was always asked 'so aren't you going back to work then?' Answer: 'Yes, I will be working, I will be self employed, running my own business, I work 40 hours' Reply: 'Yes, yes, I get that but you aren't going to get a real job then?' Answer: '&)@;£@"?!!!!'
I have been a childminder for 11 years, although had a 3 year break during that time to be a nanny which I loved as I had all the best bits ie looking after children and supporting their development without the pressure of increasing paperwork, intrusion in your own home, the difficulties of trying to please everyone (several families with different parenting ideas, the children and your own family) and never really being able to get away from work. I returned to childminding to support my daughter when she returned to work 3.5 years ago but have now finally thrown in the childminding towel and have a permanent nanny position with one family.
It's so wrong that childminding isn't regarded as a career by people who have no idea just how many skills you need to carry out the job...administrator, secretary, marketing/sales, educator, organising and planning, interpersonal communication skills, cleaner, cook and company director!!
For some reason when you mention you are a nanny people look up to you and you feel valued, if you say you are a childminder you just don't get the same response.