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Gran becomes Swansea's first childminder registered to care for children through the night

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

Carol John from Manselton who has become Swansea’s first registered overnight childminder to help city families in need Pictured: Carol with Vincent John, Teggan Ellsmore and Megen Ellsmore

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A GRANDMOTHER is embarking on a new career that involves nightshifts — but with a difference.

Carol John has become the first registered childminder in Swansea who is able to look after youngsters through the night.

The 56-year-old from Manselton said she wanted to offer the nocturnal service because she knew from first-hand experience how hard it was to juggle kids and shift work.

So she cashed in her job in casino management and opted for child minding with her own business — Day & Night.

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She said: “I decided on a complete career change from working unsociable hours in management in casinos when I became a grandmother.

“I am so pleased with my new career choice — it is exiting, fulfilling, worthwhile and challenging.

“I really enjoy looking after the children and I hope they have as much fun as I do.

“When I worked shifts it was very difficult to find childcare for my daughter.

“I am glad I can be there for other parents and ease their concerns so they can spend the evening worry free.”

The Manselton mum got funding to retrain from the Family Information Service, part of Swansea Council’s Children and Young People’s Services.

Mitch Theaker, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, congratulated her on her new enterprise.

He said: “Relatives and family friends play a great role in the city by helping many families deal with what life throws at them, be that unsociable work shifts or a hospital stay.

“However for some families that option is simply not available and then it is so important that safe, professional, and friendly childcare provision is available.”

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