Students Learn About Childminding

Wed, 2001-08-22 01:00

(L to R) Amy Henderson, Elen Kirton, Karen Milner – Education Development Advisor at County Durham Council, Olivia Wake, Cassia Todd and Naomi Clarkson

A group of students from County Durham got the chance to learn about perusing a career in childminding from a leading education development advisor.

Karen Milner, Education Development Advisor from County Durham Council visited East Durham College in Peterlee to speak to childcare students about the processes and requirements of becoming a registered childminder.

The group of 20 Level 3 students, who study on the Cache Diploma in Childcare at the College, learnt about the application process, registering with OFSTED, inspections, legal requirements, becoming self-employed and the extensive support scheme which is available from the Council.

Student Elen Kirton, 17, from Darlington, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the talk; I’ve learnt loads about what you need to do if you want to become a childminder. I’m really interested in this area, so this has been very useful.”

Karen, who is an ex-student of the College, also spoke to students about her own career and development, plus the importance of having work experience and the right qualifications.

College Lecturer Paula Kirton added: “This visit has enabled the students to gain awareness of the range of jobs in childcare band the services that exist for parents.

“The information that Karen has delivered to our students today will aid the students in their assignment work and also their progression from qualification to employment.

“The care department team would like to thank Karen for agreeing to be a guest speaker and we greatly appreciate her giving up her valuable time.”