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Childminders care for babies and children, aged up to 16. They usually work in their own homes.

The Work

You could be:

You might specialise in looking after children with special needs.


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary, depending on:

Childminders are self-employed and therefore negotiate their own rates of pay and working conditions. They are responsible for their own tax and National Insurance (NI) payments.

There is no national rate for fees but across Scotland current rates advertised are between £3.50 and £5.50 per child per hour. Most childminders offer a reduced rate if they look after more than one child from the same family.

In 2018 the average hourly rate for a childminder in Scotland was £4.29 per hour (from the Scottish Childminding Association Pay and Conditions Survey 2018, the latest report published).


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

Remember that when you set up as a childminder you will have to pay for:

Total start up costs could range from £80 to £500, depending on how much you need to do to comply with regulations. Depending on where you live, you may get a grant to help with some of these items.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Early Learning and Childcare Careers
Website (2):

This website hosted by the Scottish Government provides information on how to get a career in early learning and child care.

Scottish Childminding Association
Tel: 01786 445377
Tel (2): 01786 449 063
Twitter: @ScotChildmind

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Tel: 0345 60 30 891
Website (2):
Twitter: @SSSCnews

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