INFORMATION on how to kick-start a career as a self-employed childminder is being given by Barnsley Council.

More people are choosing a career in childminding as it offers flexible working hours and rates of pay, alongside the opportunity to develop skills and qualifications.

In response to this trend, the council will be hosting regular information drop-in sessions throughout this month and April across Barnsley Libraries to support anyone considering a career as a childminder, or in any other childcare role.

The sessions offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the benefits and challenges of being a childminder, while receiving information about training, registration and funding support available as you begin your own childminding business.

Coun 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.”

Information on dates and times of sessions are available from the council’s website.