A childminder is a person who single-handedly cares for a small mixed age group of children (maximum 5 pre-school children including their own) in a family home. The hours of work can be flexible to suit the needs of parents and childminder. Parent and childminders negotiate their own private agreement, terms, and fees. Childminders are responsible for the administration of their own business.
Childminders offer family-based childcare which is personal, unique, adaptable and family friendly. The important role childminders plan in childcare is recognised and respected by parents, childcare organisations and childcare associations. There are a number of support agencies and organisations available to assist childminders and parents availing of childminding services.
- A home from home environment for the child
- Flexible arrangements that can suit the needs of both the parent and childminder
- The Childminder has the opportunity to work from home
- The child can gain the benefits of a mixed group setting in the childminders home