Becoming a childminder... our most frequently asked questions

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What exactly is childminding?

Childminding specifically describes looking after children in your own home. A nanny cares for children in the child’s home, and other childcare work takes place in nurseries, creches or play spaces.

To be a childminder you have to be registered with Ofsted—either directly, or via an agency like Koru Kids. Otherwise, it is illegal to care for children (for money) in your own home.

Childminders are self-employed; in other childcare work you'd be an employee.

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What can I earn as a childminder?

Childminders' incomes vary a lot, and depends on: the hourly rate charged for each child; the number of children; and the days per week/hours per day worked. The area you live also effects earnings as impacts the rate you can charge.

With Koru Kids (if you are in inner London) you typically earn £40,000 after expenses and our fee (before tax), which is more than childminders normally make.

This is because we charge a slightly higher hourly rate to reflect the quality of our training and brand appeal.

With Koru Kids you also get paid holidays.

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What hours do childminders work?

To fill your places you need to provide childcare at times parents need it. This typically means full days from 8am to 6pm, to allow parents to get out to work and back.

To be a Koru Kids childminder, we need you to commit to these hours at least 4 days a week.

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Can I have my own children with me?

Yes. This is the beauty of childminding. If you have an under 5, they can be home with you all day, cared for alongside your nursery children.

School-age children can be home too, and generally won't affect your income. But you need to think about the practicalities of a school run with little ones.

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Is my home suitable for childminding?

Our childminders are trained to use their local green spaces to do lots of outdoor learning, so your home doesn't have to be enormous. And you won't need to have a garden.

We have some minimum requirements:
- Everyone over 16 living there needs a DBS check
- No one can smoke in the house or garden. Ever.
- You can't be a on a very busy road
- You need to manage the stairs with 3 children
- You need to make space for 3 toddlers to play

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What does the registration process involve?

You have an initial call and a video interview with home check. You then submit information to allow us to run background checks on you (e.g. DBS, social services and Ofsted) whilst you get on with training.

After your initial training you have a registration visit. This checks your knowledge and home.

Once you've passed, there's more training to help you be amazing, and hands-on help setting up your home.

We then market you to parents and fill up your places.

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I'm scared to look after someone else's child. Help!

It can feel terrifying to be in sole charge of three little ones, but by the end of our training you’ll feel ready.

With Koru Kids, you take a 12-hour paediatric first aid course. You’ll learn about safeguarding, so you’ll know your responsibilities for keeping children safe. You have a set of written policies and procedures to work to, so you know how to do things—like giving medication and reporting accidents—properly.

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What qualifications do I need to childmind?

You need to complete training to become a childminder—but we can provide all that free of charge. Our training is worth up to £3,000.

To be accepted onto training you do not need to have qualifications, or even formal experience working with children. Simply raising your own and having loads of passion for the job can be enough.

Call us on 0208 0505678 or email us to check if you're eligible to apply.

 

How is Koru Kids different to Ofsted registration?

With Koru Kids, the process is quicker, it costs nothing upfront, and you get loads of support.

With Ofsted the process can be slow, and you have to pay everything for yourself. And you're alone trying to figure it all out.

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What do Koru Kids get out of supporting me?

We take a 10% fee when you're earning, in return for all our investment upfront and our continued support.

You sign a contract to pay this for 3 years—but only so long as you continue to operate as a childminder. If you give up altogether, you just walk away.

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