What is a childminder?

A childminder is a qualified childcare professional who cares for a small number of children in their own home. Childminders are self-employed: they set their own working hours and days, set their own hourly charge rates, and they work from their own home! It’s a fantastic way to make a big difference to the lives of the children you care for, whilst also being at home for your own children and to top it all off, potentially making a great income too (up to £50,000 a year with Koru Kids).

Is a childminder different to a nanny?

Nannies and childminders are different.  A nanny cares for children from a maximum of two families at the same time, and the care must take place in the home of one of the children.

A childminder can look after children from multiple families and cares for them in the childminders home.

Is a childminder different to a nursery?

Nurseries are usually much larger than a childminders and the care doesn't take place in a home.

Childminders provide a welcoming and familiar in-home environment.

Is a childminder cheaper than a nanny or nursery?

Nannies are the most expensive option and can cost from £120-£150 per day. Nurseries vary from around £70-85 a day. Some childminders can cost as little as £65 but most cost the same as nursery. A great advantage is that for the same cost there are usually fewer children. 

How do I become a childminder?

To become a childminder you must either register with an accredited childminder agency such as Koru Kids or directly through Ofsted. If you register through Koru Kids, we’ll fund all of your training and get you set up in as little as 8 weeks, help you find children to fill your places and support you long term to help make your business thrive.

My son's home nursery is everything I could have hoped for. His childminder runs it from her home which is warm and welcoming. He feels so safe there. They spend so much time outside – we couldn't ask for more. 

Rebecca, mum of 2 year old in Balham