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How do childminders plan their own professional development? Discover more about the various options available and how to manage your time

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Childminders today are more qualified than they have ever been. When Karen Fowler started her childminding business in Farnham, Surrey, 18 years ago, it wasn’t even compulsory to have a first aid certificate.

‘Training was done ad hoc – a little here and there,’ she explains. ‘Since Ofsted took over inspections in 2000, we’ve had to be much more proactive.’ Karen studied for an NVQ 3 in Childcare about seven years ago, and now goes to three or four workshops a term to keep up to date. The most recent sessions were on recording observations, managing behaviour and signing.

‘Surrey County Council runs a good training programme,’ she says, ‘and we have a childminding officer who will come out to chat to groups and individuals. I pay £15 a year and that covers all the training I want to do.’

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