The Early Years Sector as a whole at the moment is full of uncertainty due to the introduction of the Government’s 30 hours funding scheme and the financial implications this is causing provisions across the sector; forcing many larger settings into closure as well as having a significant financial impact on home-based childcarer’s, making this an even less desirable career-option, which when coupled with society’s already negative view of childminders, so many long-term childminders are being forced to leave the profession as they simply can’t afford to stay open.
At times like these, when negativity is rife and morale is low, so many childminders lose their enthusiasm and passion for what they do and as a result re-consider their chosen career, which is detrimental not only for them as people and professionals, but for the thousands of children needing childcare across the UK.
As a result of our Ofsted outcome and as part of the ‘Childminder Champions’ campaign by PACEY (Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years) we were asked to write about our experiences and what keeps us focused on providing high quality childcare, when around us the sector is in turmoil.
You can read our blog for PACEY talking about how we can work together and support and inspire each other here: https://www.pacey.org.uk/news-and-views/pacey-blog/october-2017/championing-childminders-and-working-together/
In our opinion, home-based childcare isn’t about how much money you have, how large your play spaces are; but more about your attitude and passion for what you do. If you love what you do and your enthusiasm drives you to continually provide exciting and stimulating learning experiences for your children, that is so much more important than any toys you have.
Our love for what we do and the children in our care is the reason we work so hard at continually developing and extending our practice and provision; we don’t have a large pot of money that we continually input into the business, but we do have an endless amount of motivation and passion for providing the best possible learning experiences for our children and this is always at the forefront of what we do. We credit this passion, drive and motivation to our success and the reason so many parents choose home-based childcare; for the nurturing, personal and consistent level of care childminders have to offer young children, right from their earliest days, throughout their childhood.
“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”