Where to start?

“Congratulations!

Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!

 

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go”

 

A bit of Dr Seuss inspiration to help me get started! Sooooo today I’m going to start recording my journey into becoming a childminder. I’m going to use this blog to help me remember good ideas that pop into my head, and to generally get a bit more organised. I’m feeling really excited about a new career move but it can be difficult to know where to start. Here is what I have done so far:

  1. Booked onto a childminder briefing day, with a view to progressing to the more detailed 7 week course
  2. Completed a paediatric first aid course- this only lasts 3 years so I probably should have waited until later in the year but they don’t seem to run very often so didn’t want to miss my chance. Also I am impatient and want to do as much, as possible as soon as possible!
  3. looked into becoming a sole trader- more to follow re taxes and allowances, there is lots of information to get my head around on that subject
  4. started thinking about the logistics of caring for several small people at the same time- activities, places to visit, safety, indoor and outdoor space, catering for different age ranges. I’m especially looking forward to making the garden fun for little ones and have looked at a few websites for ideas on creating a natural play area (goggle forest schools), which seems to involve a lot of mud and mess! note to self…  try and locate lots of toddler sized wellies, and avoid cream carpets!

Because there are so many things to think about I’ve decided to break it down into chunks. I like the government’s “every child matters” as a framework. this looks at five outcomes which are key to well-being in childhood and later life – being healthy; staying safe; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution; and achieving economic well-being  http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151715/http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DfES10812004.pdf

 

I’m going to try and use these 5 heading to think of everything I need to do/ consider in order to offer the best care I can to children. But not tonight, its 8.22pm and my brain is too tired! more tomorrow J

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