Childminders work in their own homes caring for other people’s children, providing plenty of opportunities to develop and learn through play. They often look after children from birth and become a well respected and important part of families’ lives, managing a business like relationship with the parents as well as being part of a close community.
There are many points you should consider before applying to become a registered childminder. For example, the impact childminding will have on yourself, your partner and any other children in your home. You need to consider the change in routine, extra noise and how your children – if you have any, may react to having to share their home, toys and you. Childminders must have a positive and inclusive attitude and be prepared to meet the specific needs of a diverse range of families and children.
Childminding can lead to a rewarding career in childcare that is fully transferable and can continue in the UK and BFG upon posting.
As a registered childminder you will provide flexible day-care for one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of two hours a day, usually in your own home, for payment. As a registered childminder you will have to work in conjunction with the Early Years Foundation Stage and will be inspected to ensure you provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that you care for.
SSAFA has been granted accreditation by the Secretary of State for regulating childcare provision overseas, as would be undertaken by Ofsted in England. This means SSAFA is responsible for the registration and inspection of early years services in British Forces Cyprus this includes childminders and crèche provision.
In addition SSAFA can help you decide whether to apply to be a childminder and support you through the application process. SSAFA provides advice, training and support to childminders and there is a SSAFA Childcare Co-ordinator and administrators on each base to help and support you through the application and registration process, and beyond.
Firstly, contact the SSAFA Childcare Co-ordinator or administrators on the base where you live, they will be able to answer any questions about the application process and let you know the dates of the Pre Registration Briefing Sessions. You will need to attend this session before you can apply to become a childminder. It will explain the registration process and give you a chance to ask questions.
You will need to attend the following before registration; the Childcare Co-ordinator will help arrange these for you.
You have to attend this course before you become a childminder. It will give you the knowledge and confidence to deal with common emergencies in a childcare and home environment. This must be updated every 3 years and is not funded by SSAFA; your Childcare Co-ordinator can help you arrange this locally.
Childcare practitioners must hold the above qualifications as a condition of the Early Years Foundation Stage Welfare Requirements.
All providers of childcare and education, from birth to five, including childminders, work within a play-based framework called the Early Years Foundation Stage (please see “The revised statutory framework 2012 for implementation September 2012”).
The EYFS lays down requirements, such as for the maximum number of children you can mind, including your own children. Part of the EYFS, is a document called ‘Development Matters’. Click here to read Development Matters.
Once you are a registered childminder ongoing training and development is encouraged, PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) are able to offer information about your professional development.
Usually once you have received you DBS (formally CRB check) certificate you will be required to contact your SSAFA administrator who will book a visit with a SSAFA inspector in order to support your application to provide childcare and that you and your home is going to be suitable. The Childcare Co-ordinator will continue to support you through this process too.
To prepare for the Pre-Registration visit, click here for SSAFA's Pre-Registration Guide. The guide includes the questions they may ask you, so spend some time considering your answers so you feel confident before they arrive.
The Inspector uses the visit to:
The visit will be an informal interview; the interview includes checking that you will be able to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage, checking the premises to see if they are suitable, checking any policies and procedures, and checking your risk assessment. At the end of the visit the inspector will tell you about the next steps, including whether you are ready to be registered. Once the visit is completed SSAFA will consider all your application information and inform you if we are able to register you as a childminder.
Holding Public Liability Insurance is a legal requirement, you must evidence your insurance certificate along with your childminding registration number and business licence to enable SSAFA to register you and continue to help you promote your business and access any available professional development training.
The MOD Standing Orders discuss insurance for Childminders:
ORDER NO 6: CHILDMINDING ON CROWN PROPERTY
PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years), formally NCMA (National Childminding Association), among other providers sell insurance for childminding businesses.
As a registered childminder you will be self employed. You will set and collect your own fees, most childminders negotiate with parents. You will pay your own tax and national insurance and keep accurate records.
SSAFA will help and advise where possible and will promote childminding via its website, you can advertise free of charge through your local HIVES and Welfare Offices. You could also advertise in local shops, schools or on notice boards.
As a SSAFA Registered childminder you will also be able to operate within the Armed Forces Childcare Voucher Scheme. Click here for more information.
Before going any further, consider the following:
To find a childminder, follow this link.
To find out more, get in touch with Jill Shaw, Childcare Coordinator
Tel +357 9961 8672
SUPPORT FOR PARENTS
How supervision and supervisors of midwives can help you
WHO ARE SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES?
Supervisors of midwives are experienced practicing midwives who have undertaken additional education and training to support, guide and supervise midwives. Every midwife must have a named supervisor of midwives.
HOW CAN SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES HELP ME?
Whilst the supervisor will support the midwife in the care she gives you, the supervisor can additionally help you by:
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A SUPERVISOR OF MIDWIVES?
Supervisors of midwives give guidance and support to both midwives and you. They support the practice of midwives and ensure that the care offered is right for you, is given in the right place, by the right person and that it will benefit you and your baby. They act as positive role models for midwives, guiding and supporting them in developing their skills and expertise.
WHAT DO SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES DO?
Supervisors of midwives develop and maintain safe practice to ensure protection of you, your baby and family. They meet regularly with midwives and ensure a high standard of care is provided.
The supervisors are independent of the employer and often work in a team. Their role is different from the midwifery manager who is responsible to the employer to make sure that maternity services run effectively. The supervisor of midwives is accountable to the local supervising authority (LSA) and is supported in their role by the local supervising authority midwifery officer (LSAMO).
HOW DO I CONTACT A SUPERVISOR OF MIDWIVES?
A supervisor of midwives should be available 24 hours a day and can be contacted via the on-call or duty midwife. If you have any problems contacting a supervisor ask the duty midwife to inform the LSA office and ask them to call you. Alternatively you can access contact details of LSA midwifery officers in the UK on the NMC website at www.nmc-uk.org. The LSAMO will be able to provide you with further information on how to contact a supervisor of midwives in your area.
SSAFA SUPERVISORS OF MIDWIVES
CYPRUS Fiona Donaldson-Myles
BRUNEI Alison McMullin
GERMANY Yvonne Stevens
WE INVESTIGATE and assess concerns that have been reported to us regarding a child/ren that might be at risk of harm. By this we mean at risk of neglect physical, emotional, sexual abuse. This also includes Domestic abuse, sexual exploitation and children at risk of being radicalised. We have to work under clear legislation as in the UK but we will always aim to work with you in partnership to achieve this. We also work in partnership with other agencies such as the Police Health visitors and schools to protect children from harm. We want to work with you to assist in ensuring that children who are at risk of harm/in need are protected, reach their full potential and have the best start in life possible.
WE ASSESS, RECRUIT AND SUPERVISE FOSTER CARERS for when there is emergency care needed.
WE ASSIST THE UK LOCAL AUTHORITIES in the completion of Step Parent Adoptions, Special Guardianship Orders or when CAFCAS are involved.
SUPPORT PARENTS AND CARERS. We provide parenting support/advice working with Health Services. We run programmes that help identify and address difficulties in relationships for example Domestic abuse. We provide individual time for you to help you explore a solution to your personal circumstances. We support young carers and their families in times of crisis.
All Social Workers are registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) and Scotland equivalent. They abide by the standards and codes of conduct. If you feel that you are worried about a child or are a parent/carer and need advice/support please see below the named Social worker to contact in your area.
SSAFA'S Social Work Service provides a statutory child care service for children in need of protection or services to ensure they develop to achieve their full potential.
SSAFA'S Personal & Family Support Service provides comprehensive and confidential support to the forces and their families, during their time in Cyprus.
SSAFA's Solutions Service operates in all garrisons across British Forces Cyprus, to all entitled persons over the age of 18.
SSAFA is responsible for the registration and inspection of early years services in British Forces Cyprus this includes childminders and crèche provision
Safeguarding of Children Training develops the knowledge, skills and the ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
SSAFA'S supports Foster Carers to look after children for very short periods of time and often following a family crisis.
OUR COMMUNITY VOUNTEERS AIM TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR FORCES AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Our Volunteers work in support of SSAFA Cyprus Health and Social Care staff and contribute support as appropriate to the BFC service community with identified needs.
OUR VICTIM SUPPORT SERVICE OPERATES THROUGH SSAFA AND IS ALIGNED WITH VICTIM SUPPORT UK.
SSAFA's Victim & Witness Support service operates outside the military Chain of Command, with our volunteers ready to support anybody affected by crime.
OUR CHILDMINDER SEARCH TOOL HELPS OUR COMMUNITY TO FIND CHILDCARE CHOICES.
A childminder is a self-employed business person who works form their own home with children from different families.
Other Questions? If you have any other questions or suggestions on how we might improve the advice and support we provide, please ask your Social Care Professional or contact SSAFA HQ
Tel +357 2596 2506
In 2014 Nikkita Grant was awarded a SSAFA Cyprus Young Achiever Award.
Unfortunately the Grant family were posted to Germany from Cyprus in the summer of 2014, which meant that they were unable to attend the Awards ceremony held at the Officers’ Mess, Episkopi, British Forces Cyprus in March 2015.
Shawn Harris, SSAFA Volunteer Development Manager for Western Europe liaised with Nikkita’s parents and her new school, and was able to arrange for a special presentation at a recent assembly.
Nikkita was unaware of the Award until she was called forward for the presentation, so it came as a pleasant surprise for her and a very proud family.
Poster Competition Winners - SSAFA BFC YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARDS
SSAFA recently held a ‘Design a Poster Competition’ to promote the annual launch of the Young Achiever Awards in BFC Cyprus, sponsored by Sodexo and supported by BFBS.
SSAFA would like to thank all the entrants for the high standard of creativity put into the posters.
The judges had the difficult but pleasurable task of choosing the winners and after some deliberation they chose the following;
Age group 5-9 – Patsy Burley age 8 from Dhekelia Primary School, overall competition winner.
Age group 10-13 - Lilian Housley age 11 from RAF Akrotiri Primary School
Unfortunately no entries were received for the 14-18 Age group
Both winners will receive a £20 Amazon voucher. Patsy’s overall winning poster will also be featured in all the future advertising of the 2015 Young Achiever Awards.
Details of how to request nomination forms will be published in early September and the nomination forms will be available from the SSAFA-Cyprus website and the SSAFA-Cyprus Facebook page , in the HIVEs, Welfare Offices, schools, medical centres, AFF or from the Community Volunteer office Mil 3908 (Civ 25963908) or 99618079.
Thank you for your support.
The original concept was to hold a mini Brew Up at the Air Terminal to coincide with events taking place in the UK; the larger fundraising campaign will be held in October to take advantage of the cooler climate. It was logical to have it on a Trooper day and this was supported by the Station Commander (Gp Capt Kennett), Officer Commanding Logistics Wing (Wg Cdr Cameron) and Officer Commanding Joint Movements Squadron (Sqn Ldr Fountain); the latter having responsibility for the terminal. The Lead Officer, Flight Lieutenant Laura Tansey, from Joint Movements Squadron, spread the word via Facebook and utilised her contacts within BFBS to great effect, raising the profile of the event and the means by which station personnel could get involved and thus the SSAFA Brew Up grew wings!
A huge thank you must also go to Martine Spridonos, Communications Manager and PA to Peter Scargill (Managing Director of Sodexo), who was extremely influential in making the day the success it was. Sodexo kindly arranged vouchers for baking ingredients. All the cake donors needed to do was to present the voucher at the check out to receive their free goodies, add a bit of flair and imagination and voila! We had some amazing cakes donated to the stall demonstrating the breadth of talent on the base, for which we were truly grateful. One lady even baked despite her belongings being transported to her next posting, such was the enthusiasm. Sodexo also provided extra cupcakes and muffins and much needed refreshments.
The much admired strawberry and cream sponge cake (the tea cup cake) donated by Brigadoodles Bakers went up for auction. In the end, Wg Cdr Cameron purchased it and gifted it to Laura who assured us it tasted even better than it looked!
All this aside, it wasn’t just a captive audience who contributed so generously. if it wasn’t for the serving personnel and families coming out of their way to the terminal, we would not have raised €543.16 we did on the day. Thank you so much. Your donations will remain on camp to support serving personnel and their families, not to mention community projects in the near future.
Finally, many thanks to the ladies who helped set-up and run the stall, so many to mention but you know who you are. a special mention to Ann, who only came out to Cyprus for a holiday!
Michelle Overington, SSAFA Service Committee Chair Akrotiri