Childminders – pros and costs

If you choose a childminder, you can expect to pay about ?130/week if your child is less than two years of age. In London and the South East this could be as much as ?350/week or ?7/hour.

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Advantages of using a childminder

  • Your child will mix with children of different ages and from different backgrounds
  • Childminders care for children in small groups, so they can still meet the individual needs of your child
  • Your child will be looked after in a home-from-home setting
  • Childminders are registered with and regularly inspected by Ofsted or the CSIW
  • Childminders are self-employed and can offer flexible hours
  • They have to have a medical check, and also have a valid first aid certificate

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