According to the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), two-fifths of its members care for at least one child with special needs. But apart from a general guide, PACEY doesn’t provide specific support for childminders looking after children with vision impairment.
SNAP Childcare is another option: it is a specialist recruitment agency for nannies and other childcarers for children with disabilities and special need. SNAP starts with a personal assessment of the family’s needs. “We’ll meet client families in the home,” explains Jade Coffey of SNAP.
“The families may know already what they want, or they may need some advice. Then we’ll write a job description; we have 17,000 people on our database and can search for potential matches, or potential candidates may come to us. We’ll bring the candidates in for interview and do the checks and everything like that, and then send the details over to the family.”