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If you fancy becoming a childminder, here are a few qualities that childminders need in varying quantities and on various days!
Must Like children! It sounds obvious but it is absolutely essential that childminders like children. The idea of spending day after day with them should inspire a childminder rather than fill him or her with horror!
Safety conscious: Provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to play and learn. Rid the house of all possible safety hazards. Be hygienic and offer a clean place for children to spend their days.
Encouraging: Tempt and encourage children to take part and do activities and be sensitive to different children's needs.
Creative: Able to provide ideas for crafts and show the child how to do carry it out. Join us at ToucanLearn for lots of great ideas!
Patient: Have a calm approach to teaching and demonstrating activities.
Love the outdoors: Take children on outings and adventures to the park and in the outdoors.
Willing: ...to undertake the unattractive side of looking after children: such a dealing with dirty nappies and spills and mess.
A good cook - preparing hearty, wholesome and fresh food and snacks.
Good communicator: With children and adults too. A childminder needs to communicate with children of all ages in a calm and assuring way. All sorts of basic, but vital information needs to be shared between the parent and the childminder's setting.
Caring: They need to understand any fears and deal with any problems in a caring fashion.
Fit: It's physically and mentally demanding so health and fitness is essential.
Have business acumen: A child-minder is self employed and therefore needs to submit all the legal and tax documents that that entails.
If anyone ever queries why childminders are now trained and examined by OFSTED; or if someone asks why a childminder's rate is so much higher than a baby-sitter, just reel off a few of the personal requirements needed by childminders and there's your answer! And, I am sure the list goes on...
Anyone think of any other things you need to be a childminder? Perhaps (in the nicest possible way) a tiny bit crazy?!
For more ideas about what to do with children tell all the childminders about ToucanLearn!