Manchester City Council

Councillor Sheila Newman

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services and current Lady Mayoress of Manchester, who passed away on Sunday.

Read our tribute.


Schools, education & childcare Becoming a childminder

Is childminding for me?

Some of the questions you should ask yourself when thinking about childminding are:

  • Do I enjoy looking after children?
  • Would I enjoy planning activities for them?
  • Can I offer children a happy and stimulating environment to meet their needs?
  • Do I feel capable of respecting the individual needs of children who have different families, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to my own?
  • Am I interested in caring for children with additional needs, such as children with a disability or behaviour difficulty?
  • Would I enjoy working with parents to ensure I deliver a good service?
  • Would I be able to talk to parents about problems or concerns about their children?
  • Would I enjoy working in my own home? Or is it working in a daycare setting with others that I would be really interested in?
  • Would I like to be my own boss?
  • What hours am I prepared to work?
  • Am I willing to offer flexible working hours?
  • How will my partner and my own children feel about me looking after other people's children?
  • What effect will it have on my family? 

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