Definition of childminder in English:



  • A person who looks after children in their own home for payment.

    ‘she drops off her children at the childminder's’
    • ‘Detectives arrested the 37-year-old childminder on suspicion of murder and held her for two days before releasing her on bail yesterday evening.’
    • ‘As more women have sought full-time careers, various alternative forms of domestic assistance have developed, consisting of armies of contract cleaners, childminders, nannies and au pairs.’
    • ‘Will nannies and childminders simply relay instructions to our kids over the phone?’
    • ‘During the pilot project, each school will work in formal partnerships with local nurseries, playgroups and childminders to provide ‘early years’ education for children between the ages of three and five.’
    • ‘This course will be of benefit to parents, playschool workers, childminders or anyone with an interest in a career in the childcare sector.’
    • ‘David is with his childminder until eight on each of those days… so I can get the marking done.’
    • ‘Putting your one-year-old in a nursery or leaving them with a childminder may turn out to be a more momentous decision than you thought.’
    • ‘Child care officers can offer information about a wide range of childcare needs, including childminders, day nurseries and out of school and pre-school provision.’
    • ‘Watch how the childminder, nanny or nursery staff reacts to your child when you meet them.’
    • ‘If the baby dies while in the care of a babysitter or childminder it is important to try not to blame them and to realise that they will also need support.’
    • ‘They know where their local school is, but then there is the job of finding what local nurseries, playgroups and childminders are available.’
    • ‘It's best not to take her to visit nurseries or childminders until you're sure which place you'll choose.’
    • ‘In particular, he carries out at least one to two childminder inspections per month.’
    • ‘York College runs a range of courses designed to train people for jobs in this sector including play workers, nursery nurses, childminders, crèche assistants and playgroup leaders.’
    • ‘Education inspectors are on target to monitor every childminder and day care provider in North Yorkshire by March.’
    • ‘Ministers have already signalled that they plan to include nannies under the scheme, meaning the childcare tax credit will finally cover nannies as well as nurseries and childminders.’
    • ‘Nearly 30 percent of these children go to a childcare facility: including public and private nursery schools and kindergartens, as well as full-time and part-time childminders.’
    • ‘‘When I was doing the course they said they had only had one other male childminder before - it's sad but it's not going to stop me,’ he said.’
    • ‘Every parent who has sent their child into a nursery, crèche or childminder's home will have experienced how easily bugs spread from one baby to another.’
    • ‘At present the tax credit is available only for children who are cared for at a nursery or by a registered childminder.’
    • ‘Before you put your child in charge of a babysitter, childminder or other carer, it's important to think about safety issues and be aware of any signs of trouble.’
    • ‘The majority of people can get help with the cost of childcare and it is up to the individual whether you prefer a childminder or nursery.’
    • ‘Grandpa, temporarily cast as full-time childminder, takes the kids to the zoo with hilarious consequences.’
    • ‘He wants the first €8,000 of the income of each childminder to be tax free.’
    • ‘Children of nine and ten don't want to be with childminders.’
    • ‘We defined ‘day care’ as attendance (at least once a week) at a day nursery, nursery school, play group, mother and toddler group, or childminder.’
    • ‘Every child living within the city boundaries who has already passed their third birthday can have a free place with a nursery, playgroup, school nursery class or with some childminders.’
    • ‘The free training programme is aimed at childminders/potential childminders and parents.’
    • ‘It will also give all three to five-year-olds an entitlement to up to five free half-day sessions with either a school, nursery, playgroup or childminder in their area.’
    • ‘The association wants to see houses of registered childminders and foster carers given stickers to put in their windows so children who feel threatened on the way home from school can use these houses as a point of contact.’
    • ‘To the vast majority of us, however, who stay at home with our babies, or leave them with childminders or in nurseries, it will make no difference whatsoever.’
    • ‘When choosing a babysitter or childminder follow your instincts.’
    • ‘The 38-year-old childminder added: ‘It is a tragic thing to happen to anybody.’’
    • ‘So any childminder who is looking for inspiration should join the library and avail of the resources without paying a lot of money.’
    • ‘This would raise the profile of nannies in society and afford them a status on a par with other carers, such as childminders, teachers and nurses.’
    • ‘Both childcare workers and childminders in Waterford are already accessing the courses on offer and it is anticipated that everyone working and caring for children will have the opportunity for appropriate training in the future.’
    • ‘In this twisted world view, teachers, nursery staff and now childminders are assumed to be the least trustworthy adults of all.’
    • ‘Five years ago my son's childminder and her husband emigrated to Australia.’
    • ‘The free places are available at pre-schools, day nurseries, some independent schools and some registered childminders.’
    • ‘The 37 year-old childminder has defended her use of the hi-tech snooping methods.’
    nanny, governess, au pair, nursemaid, crèche worker, childcarer, babysitter, nursery nurse
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