At one time, childcare was a simple function whereby the carer babysat a child, feeding them, keeping them clean, and playing with them. However, the childcare sector has evolved and continues to evolve. Guest blogger Emily Wilson offers a range of modern trends that show this evolution:

Emily Wilson – Guest Blogger

Childcare is now early education

Nowadays, a lot more is known about early development in children. Even pre-school childcare looks to monitor, aid, and enhance individual development. So much so that early years childcare is often referred to as pre-school care, not just a supervisory function. Parents want more for their children. So, care centres, such as nurseries, have advanced their educational standards and facilities to attract more parents and better support youngsters. Today, we’re witnessing the introduction of a formalised early education curriculum with staff who are extensively trained to maximise pre-schooler success. This can be seen with their classroom-style approach to learning. In classroom environments, children learn soft skills, motor skills, and accept various early years activities that promote personal growth.

Technology is changing carer provider/parent connection

One key concern for parents leaving their precious cargo with a care facility is having peace of mind. Parents need to know that their child is going to be happy and well looked after. Recent advancements in technology has made it easier for parents to connect with their children but also with any caregivers. Day-care facilities can now keep parents entirely in the loop with blogs, newsletters, and photographs. Childminders can swiftly report on the progress of a child or any incident or issues via text message or email. Some facilities even offer live video streaming of children during the day for added satisfaction. If you’re looking for more control over the care of your loved ones, there are some great smartphone apps. Apps, such as babysitting apps, attempt to make the whole childcare progress easier to swallow.

Setting up a childcare business from home

Another key trend is starting a childcare business from home. Imagine that. You’ll never have to worry about your child’s safety ever again! However, while it’s easier than other businesses to start from home the conditions need to be right. And, of course, you’ll require total commitment and the right qualifications as you’ll be providing a specialised service to clients. Remember, you want them to think of you when then need to find a day centre or replacement on short notice.

Training speaks boundaries to parents. Would you use a childminder without the proper certification? No? I didn’t think so. Certification adds gravitas and competence to your business. If this sounds like something for you, then preparing to work in home-based childcare is the best way to get started. You will also need to contact your local authority, or visit their website, to understand the local regulations. You will need to know the ins and outs of setting up a home business and registering as a childminder.

It’s best to do your homework to make your vision a reality over charging ahead without a strong plan. There are plenty of resources online guiding you through ways to set up your own company from home from scratch.

A rise in popularity in childcare

The demand for childcare is booming. Why? Because there have been drastic changes in the view of women in society as maternal figures. However, there’s no denying more women are wanting a career and a family at the same time. And with economic pressures (families need two incomes) or sheer demand for carers, childcare has become a lucrative business model. The dynamics of the family unit has also changed. There are new pressures, such as one-parent families or extended families that need additional support. After all, if parents are working, someone has to look after the children. With more families wanting care, it’s inevitable that need and number of providers increases.

More childcare options are available

In the 21st century, parents have more flexibility and variety in childcare options. It’s now easier to mix and match the type of care and location you want according to your family’s needs. The number of providers is increasing, too, across the board: home-based, commercial and institutional education establishments. Families might also consider another family member, such as a grandparent, or a nanny (live in or out). Then again, parents might change care providers depending on the time of year. For example, parents might use different types of care during holidays, the academic term, or based on their child’s age. Options also exist for parents who might need short-term or occasional care. These can include drop-in centres, creches, after-school clubs, baby sitters and child care co-ops amongst others.

A move towards affordability

Childcare costs can be expensive for modern families. In a period where pockets are stretched, there’s the issue of finding childcare for the right price. Of course, location, flexibility, and the right age group also come into the mix, but budget normally comes first. However, more providers are offering variable hours, employing payment arrangements, and ensuring parents take advantage of government benefits. By listening to demand and consumers in a tight economy, providers have become more affordable, accessible, usable than ever before. Now anyone can get good childcare that doesn’t break the bank.

Becoming a childcare expert

Like we’ve stated above. Childcare is booming. More and more people are needing childcare services. With demand high, now’s the time to make an impact. Maybe you’re dubious of providers, need more information, or even a new career. Either way, our Preparing to Work in Home-based Childcare course can teach you a lot about childminding. If you want to know more about how you can study childcare from home, why not contact us today?