I have been a stay at home mum since my second son was born in 2017. I found looking after my two boys 7 days a week really challenging at first, and still do some days! But I love being there for them and watching them grow and develop, I appreciate how lucky I am to be in this position. I gradually became to realise that I was rather good at meeting the needs of my baby and toddler whilst providing stimulating and creative play, activities and outings. I also realised that I was enjoying my new role and that I was feeling confident and motivated. I think my children have a wonderful home environment and I would love to offer this to other families.

Childminders provide brilliant childcare for young children: a nurturing home environment, a relaxed child-led routine and activities based on the Early Years Foundation Stage. For families they provide flexibility and reliability. I went back to work for a couple of years after my first son was born and he attended a nursery. I know how important good quality childcare is for working parents. In hindsight I wish that I had considered a childminder for our son as there are many benefits over a nursery setting. I will probably write about the differences in future as this may be useful for parents.

From a personal point of view childminding will allow me to build my own career whilst caring for my children in my own home. Minded children will become part of the family and the boys will love having friends to play with. Childminding is a challenging and rewarding career and I can’t wait to get started.