Sandra Griffiths – childminder
Where do you work?
I work mainly from my home in Caerphilly.
How did you get into childminding?
About five years ago, a teacher at my youngest daughter’s school mentioned that a colleague was looking for a good childminder. She asked whether I had ever considered going into childminding as she thought I would be a natural at it. After a bit of research into the registration process, I decided to go for it and it was the best decision I ever made.
Is it important to get qualifications?
Qualifications are definitely important – as well as plenty of common sense! I have trained pretty much constantly since I started childminding and I have found it hugely beneficial. So far, I have completed Cache (Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education) Level Three as well as attaining accredited Early Years Education Provider status.
What does your job involve?
On average, I work around seven hours a day. I make sure that I plan a good variety of activities for the children throughout the day, including music, crafts and reading. I also do the nursery and school runs for the older children.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Putting work plans together can take a lot of effort, but it is worth it because you know that good planning means that the children will get more out of their day with you.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love being with the children, but it is also good to have the independence of being self-employed and to know that I can fit my work around looking after my own family too.
What advice would you have for someone considering a career in childminding?
If you enjoy spending time with children and think you’ve got something to offer, then go for it! You will get plenty of support from the National Childminding Association and from local childminding networks. You should also make the most of all the training and development opportunities for people involved in childcare.