Discover self-employed opportunities as a childminder

Find out how you can kickstart a career as a childminder at our childminding recruitment drop-in sessions. 

Childminders are self-employed childcare professionals who look after children in their own homes. They offer flexible and personalised care for children of different ages and backgrounds and play a vital role in supporting families in our communities. 

More people are choosing a career in childminding as it provides flexibility in working hours and rates of pay, alongside the opportunity to develop skills and qualifications all while being your own boss.   

We’re hosting regular information drop-in sessions throughout March and April across our Barnsley libraries, to support anyone considering a career as a childminder or any other childcare role.  

The session offers the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the benefits and challenges of being a childminder. You will also get information about the training, registration, and funding support available to help you start and run your own childcare business. The team will also be able to support anyone who is interested in find out more about other childcare careers: 

  • Thursday 7 March, 9.30am – 11.30am, Roundhouse Library
  • Monday 11 March, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Cudworth Library
  • Thursday 14 March, 9.30am – 11.30am, Hoyland Library
  • Thursday 21 March, 10am – 12pm, Darfield Library
  • Friday 22 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Dodworth Library
  • Monday 25 March, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Thurnscoe Library
  • Tuesday 26 March, 9.30am – 11.30am, Wombwell Library
  • Tuesday 26 March, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, Goldthorpe Library
  • Wednesday 28 March – 10.30am – 12.30pm, Royston Library 
  • Wednesday 3 April, 9.30am – 11.30am, Mapplewell and Staincross Library
  • Thursday 4 April, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Library @ the Lightbox
  • Tuesday 16 April, 9.30am – 11.30am, Penistone Library

Dedicated guidance, advice, and support are provided by our experienced team throughout the childminding application process, helping you to develop a sustainable business that meets your needs, as well as the needs of families looking for high quality childcare. 

Cllr Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s services, said: "Working with children is an opportunity to shape the future, and to have a positive impact on the lives of children in Barnsley, all while enjoying a rewarding career where every day is different.  

“There hasn’t been a better time to consider a career in childcare, as more parents are looking for good quality care that meets the needs of their busy lifestyles and differing work patterns. 

“If you’re considering a career as a childminder or in any other childcare role, I’d encourage you to speak with our team at the drop-in sessions to hear about their past experiences in the role, the support that’s on offer and whether it’s the right path for you.” 

For more information about becoming a childminder, as well as other childcare career opportunities, visit


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