Rural Argyll needs more childminders

Councillor Yvonne McNeilly.

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Have you ever considered becoming a childminder?

Argyll and Bute Council is running a campaign to recruit new childminders, particularly for children from birth to three years old in rural areas.

Full support is available and the council’s early years team will help guide potential candidates through the whole process, from the initial enquiry, to registering with the Care Inspectorate.

Financial assistance is also available for equipment such as pushchairs and stairgates, as well as small home adaptations.

‘Our registered childminders provide an outstanding service and are an absolute integral part of our childcare strategy,’ said Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, policy lead for education.

‘Argyll and Bute is a beautiful, yet very rural local authority, so it’s really important that we get as many people as possible to consider a career in childminding.

‘Not only do childminders enable children and young people to thrive in a loving, homely environment, they are fully committed to providing an extremely high standard of childcare.

‘Childminders play a vital role in the delivery of early education and development and we work closely with them to ensure they are supported in their work.

‘Being a childminder is a fantastic, rewarding job and we’re here to help guide and support any potential new recruits through the process.

‘I would urge anyone considering it to get in touch with us in the first instance to find out more.’

For further information about how to become a childminder and the support available, visit www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/how-become-childminder or call 01369 708 503.