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Career change - teaching to childminding. Advice please?

Discussion in 'Parenting' started by FoundationStage!, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. I am an excessively broody nursery teacher. My husband and I lost our first baby in November. It was an ectopic pregnancy and I had keyhole surgery to partially remove my right Fallopian tube and my baby. I am still devastated and have recently returned to full time teaching after being very depressed. AF arrived today so I am a hormonal and emotional wreck! We will be TTC again this cycle so I am excited but terrified of losing another baby.
    When we successfully have a baby I am intending to leave teaching and become a childminder. I initially trained as a nursery nurse, did a Psychology degree, PGCE and a Master of Arts in Education (of which I am most proud!) I know I am over qualified for this role but I think I will love it. I adore babies although I am very sad around them at the moment.
    I am a little concerned that I will want further challenge so am considering:
    • a child study on my own infant and perhaps on the children I would be childminding (pending parental permission, of course). I am unsure whether I could receive funding for a doctorate for this as I certainly can't afford tuition fees.
    • running groups for childminders and other Mums from my home based on my nursery experience: singalong groups, baby signing, storying or similar...
    • providing training for nannies and childminders.
    Do these ideas sound plausible? I need to chat to childminders who look after children at my children's centre to find out more. I have emailed the National Childminding Association as well. I would be interested to hear the thoughts of any Mums and wonder if anyone else has made this career change? Or whether you have a childminder and would value this type of experience over a standard childminding qualification?
    Many thanks!
  2. It sounds like you have loads of relevant experience and lots of great ideas. I personally have enjoyed the no frills approach of my childminder - she doesn't do lots of extras but looks after her at home like her own and loves her to bits. It suits my baby as she started there at 6 months - when she is older I think I'd be up for someone who 'does' more activities etc.
    One thing to consider is whether you can be competitive with rates. Mine is £3.50 per hour and doesn't charge in holidays - I wouldn't choose to pay much more for qualifications over and above.
    Overall I reckon you'd be really successful and enjoy the reduction in pressure from teaching.
  3. Hi Beachhut, thanks for your thoughtful reply. I would LOVE to leave the pressure of teaching and the feeling that you are never really on top of your workload. I can understand you not wanting to pay more. Whereabouts do you live? I would be planning to childmind in West London/Middx as we are moving home soon (hopefully). My friend pays £70 a day for her one year old's CM place in N London. I've looked online and most charge £4.50 - £5 per hr where I will be living. I would opt to charge a daily/part day rate. I won't be on my same guaranteed salary but would expect it to be worth my while. It's a little frustrating that people gladly pay their cleaners £10 per hr although I suspect they woudn't need them to clean 40+ hrs a week!
  4. Chica77

    Chica77 New commenter

    If people had to pay £10 an hour for child care there'd be no point going to work!!
    My son's childminder charges £3.50 an hour, half pay during the holidays and £10 per week during the 6 week Summer holidays. We live in the South East, on the coast. She's got the usual childminding qualifications, and takes my son to childminding groups, playgroups, walks by the beach etc. I personally chose her to look after my son because I liked her and I needed to feel happy with who I was leaving my son with. She clearly cares about him and treats him as she would her own child (her 2 boys are teenagers now).
    I think childminding would be lovely, but it's not something i'd want to do while my own child(ren) were young. I work part time, and when i'm at home with my son I love being with him, and I wouldn't also want to be responsible for other kids the same sort of age.
  5. We pay £5.25 an hour for our childminder (southwest) but she doesn't charge any retainer for the holidays so we literally only pay for term time which is fab. She is brilliant, has welcomed our LO into her home and treats him as part of the family. She goes to at least 1 baby/toddler group with him a week (he goes to her for 3 days) but makes sure they are out in the fresh air as much as possible with walks and trips to the park. She also regularly meets another childminder so there is plenty of chance for him to socialise. She cooks all his food herself (breakfast & lunch - we do his tea) and provides nappies and wipes so I think she's worth the money!! She will also organise trips sometimes like the zoo (no extra charge) which they went to a couple of weeks ago. I admire anyone who works as a childminder - I'm exhausted just having 1 little person around when I'm not at work!! Good luck :))

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