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What Are the Duties of a Child Minder?

Updated April 17, 2017

A childminder is a professional childcare worker in the United Kingdom (UK). A childminder essentially carry out the duties that a childcare provider in the States would. Childminders care for children in the absence of parents, while they work or attend training. Childminders ideally give children a safe, warm and caring environment.

Provider

Childminders must meet with Ofsted regulations in the United Kingdom. Ofsted inspects and regulates the care of children and young people in the UK. Childminders work directly with parents to determine childcare needs. They must provide a safe and healthy environment for children. This includes teaching the children safe practices. It is also their duty to give children a varied and nutritional menu, based upon the dietary requirements parents request or from professional recommendation.

Planning

In a planning position, a childminder plans age and developmental appropriate activities for children, adhering to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These workers also supply children with the proper resources as needed. This may include games, puzzles and books.

Behaviour Management

In an effort to promote a healthy and safe environment, childminders must maintain discipline of children and encourage positive behaviour. These means getting children to help themselves whenever possible and only ask for help when absolutely necessary.

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Bianca Bumpres resides in Dallas, Texas with her family. She has written for online internet blogs and writes a weekly single parent column for the Dallas area. Bumpres enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her extracurricular activities include enjoying music, reading and weekly volunteer ministry work.