A father of 3 girls from Highbridge is encouraging others to step up and follow in his footsteps if they, like him, want to make a difference to their children’s Early Years development.
Andrew Rose became a registered childminder in 2013 and currently cares for a number of children aged between 10 months and 7 years.
Having always wanted to get into social work, it was only when his daughters arrived that he considered the possibility of becoming a childminder.
Of his chosen profession, Andrew has said:
“Childminding is a worthwhile profession that has a lot of rewards,”
“I would encourage others, and especially men, to take the step to become a childminder and break the stereotype.”
“For me being a childminder has enabled me to work around my children, receive up-to-date training and offer a place for other children to develop and learn with me and my family.”
“I feel it is very important to change the opinion of some that stereotype childminders, as everyone deserves to do what they enjoy doing.”
Somerset County Council has called for individuals to consider childminding as a career, providing a valuable service to their community but also giving them flexible working conditions.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, cabinet member for children and families at Somerset County Council, said:
“Some people have a fixed idea of who a childminder is or can be.”
“There is also a misconception that childminding is just a step up from babysitting.”
“This is far from the reality, as childminding professionals have to answer to the same standards and legislation as nurseries and schools.”
The council has made people aware that they are able to provide start-up support for insurance documentation, guidance as well as training. There is also a childminder mentoring scheme which sees 15 lead childminders across Somerset holding drop-in-sessions and providing peer-to-peer support.
New childminders can currently apply for a childcare business grant of up to £500 from central government to help with start-up costs – to find out more, call 01633 652143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about becoming a registered childminder in the Somerset area, and for an information pack, visit somerset.gov.uk/register, email email@example.com or call 030012 32224.