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By Sue Smithregistered childminder

It’s National Childminding Week (11–18 June), be inspired by childminder, Sue Smith’s journey and her ongoing professional development…

Sue Smith with her children

Starting out in childminding in November 2000, I was unaware of the events which were to unfold. With the second of my two children just eight months old, being able to extend my own warm, loving home environment to look after other children was an ideal job. I never imagined there were to be so many changes in the ‘system’! Here are a few thoughts on the process of my own professional development.

Childminders are always reminded that they are professionals in their own right, providing an invaluable service to parents, children and their extended families. However, to offer a high quality setting, it is prudent to consider ongoing training for professional development. I am currently studying for a Foundation Degree in Early Years, through the Open University, that will give me a Level 5 qualification upon completion.

The impact on my own family, as well as the ongoing demands for completion of paperwork in my role as a childminder and the expectations that the studying involves, is a serious consideration. One of the entry requirements is that you are working directly with young children aged between birth and seven years, for a minimum of five hours a week.

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