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By Allison Leechildminder, author and tutor

Allison Lee looks at training courses; explains what to do if you find your business is making a loss; and suggests some ‘All about me’ activities to enjoy at home

Expert advice

Training

All childminders in England and Wales have to complete a compulsory paediatric first-aid course. The National Childminding Association (NCMA) stipulates that a suitable first-aid course for childminders should be at least 12 hours long in order to successfully cover all aspects of accidents and emergencies.

In addition to this, childminders may wish to consider the following training courses:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Home-based Childcare.
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) can be studied in Care, Learning and Development.
  • Quality Assurance Schemes are a way for childminders to show prospective and existing customers that they are professionals and committed to their business.
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