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A Childminder in the UK

Are you thinking of becoming a childminder when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your training is completed? If so, the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a childminder in the UK.

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Pre-listening task

Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: self-employed, trust, nursery, Ofsted = Office for Standards in Education, Chidren’s Services and Skills, agency, take their cut, petition.

Listen to the following interview with a childminder in the UK and find out:

  • Where she works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK she works.
  • Why she chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks she has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities she suggests are needed by a childminder.
  • Does she describe any work processes or services that she provides?
  • What she likes best and least about her job.
  • How she thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where she sees herself in 5 - 10 years' time.

Childminder - Interview

Childminder - Interview


After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • Jason has food allergies and is fussy about his food.
  • Jason has been to a childminder before and did not like it. Marie has to reassure the parents that everything will go well.
  • The telephone rings while she is speaking to the parents. It is another couple who would like to register their child, but Marie apologizes and tells them that she does not have space for any more children.