childminder is the focus of council's recruitment drive
male childminder from Highbridge is encouraging others interested
in making a difference to a childs Early Years development
to follow in his footsteps.
comes as Somerset County Council is calling for individuals to
consider childminding as a rewarding career with many benefits.
include working from home, and having a positive impact on childrens
learning and development, while providing a valuable service within
your local area.
Rose, 34, from Highbridge, who is a father to three girls, became
a registered childminder in December 2013 and currently cares
for a number of youngsters aged between 10 months and 7 years.
always thought about going into social work, it wasnt until
his daughters came along that he began to explore the possibility
of becoming a childminder.
is a worthwhile profession that has a lot of rewards," Andrew,
pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "I would encourage
others, and especially men, to take the step to become a childminder
and break the stereotype."
me being a childminder has enabled me to work around my children,
receive up to date training and offer a place for other children
to develop and learn with me and my family."
feel it is very important to change the opinion of some that stereotype
childminders, as everyone deserves to do what they enjoy doing."
a male childminder also helps ensure that any notions of 'mans
work' and 'womens work' are tackled at an early age.
added: "I found it hard at first to be the only man in the
room at childminder meetings. However I have been introduced to
other male childminders along the way, and I dont find it
an issue any more as I have lots of support from local childminders."
profession offers you the chance to be your own boss, working
from your own home perfect if you have your own children
to look after. In 2014-15 over 80% of Somersets childminders
were rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.
Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at
Somerset County Council, added: "Some people have a fixed
idea of who a childminder is or can be. There is also a misconception
that childminding is just a step up from babysitting. This is
far from the reality, as childminding professionals have to answer
to the same standards and legislation as nurseries and schools."
individual interested in Early Years education and development
whether male or female, from educational professionals
seeking a change of career and people looking to become self-employed,
to students establishing themselves in the world of work
can benefit from becoming a childminder, and offering a local,
homely and flexible childcare option to Somerset families."
most parents of three and four year-olds now claiming up to 570
hours of funded childcare available per year and with the implementation
of the two year-old funded entitlement, we want parents to know
whats available, so they can find the right local childcare
option for them. That may be a nursery, pre-school, or registered
Council can offer start up support for insurance and documentation,
guidance and training for childminders. There is also a childminder
mentoring scheme with 15 lead childminders Somerset-wide holding
drop-in sessions, and offering peer-to-peer support. New childminders
can currently apply for a childcare business grant of up to £500
from Central Government to help with start-up costs to
find out more, phone 01633 652143 or email email@example.com
find out more about becoming a registered childminder, and for
an information pack, please visit www.somerset.gov.uk/register,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0300 123 2224.