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Sarah Neville on the benefits of childminders

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Sarah Neville on the benefits of childminders


Sarah Neville has been an independent, Ofsted registered childminder for over 26 years – 3 times graded Ofsted outstanding – based in Knutsford, Cheshire. She has written an impressive library of e-books on a huge range of subjects, as well as writing for Childcare.co.uk, Childcare magazines and other publications.

Sarah is also childminder representative on the Ofsted Big Conversation North West steering group and is committed to supporting colleagues through consultation and negotiation. She is currently presenting free weekly training webinars for all providers, supported by Childcare.co.uk, which are live interactive training sessions.

In this interview, we discuss the unique role of the childminder or home-based childcare – the benefits and best parts that this type of childcare can have for children, parents and families. Sarah also explains some of the unique challenges that childminders face and how to overcome these, such as keeping updated with new legislation, fresh practice and socialising with others.

We finish by discussing how the Ofsted Big Conversation (OBC) offers the Early Years sector in general and childminders in particular, access to the most up-to-date information from Ofsted as well as being an opportunity for excellent value for money training.


The free download Introduction to working as a home-based childcarer (childminder) in England can be found on the childcare.co.uk site here.

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Kathy Brodie

Kathy Brodie