Through individual attention from the Childminder and interaction with other children of all ages. Babies, particularly, benefit from the individual, family type care provided by Childminders.
Childminders can be registered to care for up to 3 children of pre-school age and 3 children of school age. This low adult/child ratio allows for children’s individual needs to be met.
Children can be cared for on a full or part time basis from babyhood, throughout their pre-school, nursery and school years, and accommodate the varying needs of working parents.
Childminding offers parents the opportunity for all of their children to be cared for in the same setting regardless of age, stage and ability. Childminded children are not segregated because of age or stage. This encourages siblings to bond and so encourages family relationships to fully develop.
Children are cared for in their own community, enabling them to build and develop their own local connections and providing opportunities for close links with community based services and with local schools.
Children looked after by a Childminder enjoy real life experiences like cooking, shopping, gardening, mealtimes etc. From these everyday activities the children can learn basic science, maths, social skills and language skills.
Childminders can provide support to parents by offering homework supervision, back up and emergency care where required.
Childminders can be the most affordable option for parents and as registered provision, are eligible for both vouchers and the childcare element of tax credits
In the case of a childminder, it is an offence to look after children aged under twelve whilst unregistered