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Leaving teaching...become a childminder?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by leo07, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. leo07

    leo07 New commenter

    I've posted on a few other forums about leaving the profession and I’ve done it - I’ve handed my notice in and will be leaving at the end of term.

    I’ve spent a long while looking at threads about other careers, which have been really useful and has given me more confidence to leave.

    I’m considering being a childminder. Has anyone gone on to this? I know the pay won’t be great but it’ll be less stressful (I’m hoping). I currently have a childminder for my youngest and it’s given me the idea.

    Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
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  2. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    Being a childminder means dealing with tax, finances, OFSTED and h&s regulation along with all the expected chidminder - related roles.

    If you like the sound of this, go for it.
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  3. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi Leo

    Yes, you will need to prepare well and ensure you do it correctly and keep records of income and expenditures. You also have to be registered and as the above post states know about Health and Safety plus ensure you have proper insurance. I am sure if you look on Amazon there are probably guides to doing it properly plus you can research online.

    As a teacher you will have an advantage because parents will see that as a benefit to their child.

    From the perspective of someone who helped start a business (not child care) I would say ensure you are organised with keeping records from day one and do your research well that you comply with all you need to do legally including any agreements or contracts plus definitely insurance. You may find there are courses you can go on to learn everything you need to know and do.
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  4. leo07

    leo07 New commenter

    When you put it like that...I may have a rethink!
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  5. leo07

    leo07 New commenter

    Thank you for all this advice, really helpful
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  6. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    It's almost certainly much more involved that you might think. Do your homework. Contact your LA if they still offer support. Make sure you've researched demand in your area.
    You will need to do paediatric first aid and an LA approved childminder course then register with OFSTED. You need to understand the EYFS which perhaps you do already?

    Those are the early steps
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  7. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Yes, grumbleweed is correct - you must ensure you do it properly. Especially about the demand.

    I just had a look on Amazon and there are several books on there about starting a child minding business.
  8. leo07

    leo07 New commenter

    Hmmm...maybe I’ll go and work in a library instead! Thanks very much for all the info
  9. ET1984

    ET1984 New commenter

    I have looked into doing this too. I haven’t ruled it out but some things to consider are;
    Your house will no longer be your own.
    If your child is sick you will have to let down other parents.
    You will still have Ofsted
    There will be a big drop in pay.
    You will still have paperwork in the form of observations, policies, invoices etc
    But the big plus would be you would not miss out on your child’s early years and you would be working from home.
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  10. leo07

    leo07 New commenter

    I have looked into the training needed, ofsted etc. I do love the idea of working with young children and all the activities I can set up for them etc. Plus it would work well with being around for my own children.

    Along with the points raised, another one of my concerns is the size of my house, there’s only one living area downstairs. This is a big issue for me as the job would basically take over my whole downstairs...
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  11. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    There are a few FB pages for EYFS teachers/practitioners and many people there are teachers who have left to be childminders and love it.
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  12. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    I have seen many set ups with childminders using their living room for the child caring duties and converting them back into the living room afterwards. The setting up and putting away is less than 10 minutes. Whenever you work from home, no matter what you do, you will have to stratify your home life from your work life. I have two friends who did this after they became redundant from the City and they have never looked back. I know a teacher who set up a nursery and dragged two of her ex teacher colleagues into it. So it's a real career possibility if you are really committed to doing it. Everyone I know who does this, loves it. But it will be extremely hard work and getting paid and having parents turn up late can cause problems too.
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  13. Gsr25

    Gsr25 Occasional commenter

    I did a childminder course about 8 years ago as I thought it would be the way to go after having my second child.
    The amount of paperwork involved is insane (but as a teacher you will be no stranger to that) I decided against it as I didn’t feel it would work for me and then after my second (and challenging) child I realised it was the best decision.
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  14. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    My friend did it and specialised in teacher's children so she had the holidays off too.
  15. aypi

    aypi Senior commenter

    A friend earns more than she did as a primary teacher.
    It is only a few forms, fill them in.
  16. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Train as a Zumba instructor! The class I'm off to this morning attracts abot 40 people. We pay £4.50 for a 45 minute session. The instructor does 5 sessions a week (nice, easy numbers here).
    Do the sums. She earns a shedload and thoroughly enjoys it. Probably pays very little to rent the hall.

    Wish I'd done it!
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  17. livingstone83

    livingstone83 Occasional commenter

    Depends how much you want to earn, but have you thought of jobs caring for children with disabilities? There's quite a wide range of job specs. Some of them are fostering - this will command a higher income. It would be a tough job for many reasons, but a wonderful one for many more.
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  18. leo07

    leo07 New commenter

    I would have loved to have been a foster parent but we don’t have a spare room - I did look into it
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  19. leo07

    leo07 New commenter

    I’m not surprised, I’ve worked out that if I have 2 under 5s (would have to include my 3yr old as the 3rd in ratio) for 3 days, I’d earn the same as teaching for 2 days. That wouldn’t include after school kids.

    And, as we all know, 2 days teaching isn’t just 2 days!
  20. leo07

    leo07 New commenter

    That’s good to know, thank you. Lots to think about. And it’s true what you say, I could just set up and pack away.
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