Childcare

Studying tips for the school holidays (Part One)

Learning from home comes with many advantages. The flexibility to learn when, where and how you want.  No classrooms, a healthy work-study balance YET one of the hardest things you will encounter is trying to study in the holidays – especially if you’ve got children. Naturally, you want to spend time with your family and

Understanding DBS checks

If you’re thinking about enrolling onto any kind of online childcare course, then one thing you will need to take into consideration is getting a DBS certificate – especially if you want to become a childminder or teacher. Without this certificate you will not be allowed to work, teach or care for children or vulnerable

Can Family Members Get Paid for Caring for your Child?

Not everyone has got the luxury of being able to afford a childminder or a nursery when they return to work. In fact, a lot of us choose to turn to family members – namely, retired grandparents – to look after our kids to help save money. Yet, are they actually entitled to anything? For

Why Childminding Can Be a Good Career Choice

Becoming a childminder is a highly rewarding career; however, given its reputation for being a low-paid job, it has made many hesitant to pursue this career. Yet this could be a big mistake! In this post we aim to dispel existing misconceptions about childminding, and instead help to paint a clearer picture of what childminding

What jobs can I get with a childcare qualification?

The reality is – you’ve probably read a tonne of articles telling which qualifications to get if you want to work in childcare, but what about afterwards? What can you do with these qualifications once they are part of your arsenal? Whether you’ve now got a Level 3 in childcare or have completed a number

Studying tips for the school holidays (Part Two)

Earlier, we explored strategies for improving your study opportunities when your children are off school. Now we will take it a step further and show you how you can get your family involved. Integrate your studies with your other commitments – the great thing about technology is that it now allows you to learn on

How to Provide Childcare to Children with Learning Disabilities

As a childminder you want to make sure that your services are inclusive of all children, including those with learning disabilities. Not only will this broaden your working opportunities; this additional knowledge will make you a true asset to nurseries and parents. So what can you do? How can you make your services more accessible?

Childminder or Nursery? How do you choose which is right for you?

It is a decision every parent faces – do you send your child to nursery or do you get a childminder? And it is a tough decision to make as on the one hand with a nursery your child will have ample chance to socialise, mix and get ready to start school, whilst on the