If you are choosing to become a childminder (which we define as someone who minds kids in the childminder's home) then it is worth understanding the role, what you can expect with working with children in your own home, and the experience with working with parents, before you begin. If you love children and like the idea of working from home then childminding is perfect for you but besides lots of patience and a great sense of humour there are a few other issues you need to be aware of before you consider this role.
Because it is your responsibility to negotiate your own agreement, you must ensure you have agreed on such issues like holiday pay, and all extra costs considered prior to commencement. Before you agree to these costs with parents you must make sure you take all expenditure into consideration, such as:
Childminders should notify their household insurance company that they are running a childminding service. Failure to inform them could invalidate your insurance. If you are minding a child in rented accommodation you must inform your landlord so he/she can inform his household insurance company. If the child will be a passenger in your car during your service, it is best to inform your motor insurance policy to see if there is an additional charge: they may class this a ‘business use’. For more info please see our article childminders’ motor insurance.