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Becoming a Childminder
- Training needed
- Documents required
- Childminding information sessions
- Information for nannies and home childcarers
- Frequently asked questions
- Who to contact for further information
- Twelve hour paediatric first aid for children and babies
- Safeguarding and Child Protection
- Food Hygiene
- Childminding pre registration course - (or a minimum of a level 2 diploma in Childcare completed within the last 3 years) from any college or Pacey (external link)
- Early years and childcare registration handbook
- The Early Years Foundation Stage 2014
- Development Matters
All documents are available in the attached files section below.
Are you interested in becoming a childminder? Then why not attend one of our informal childminding information sessions (please see details below) which are held regularly across the borough? These are set sessions where you will be given information on the process of Ofsted registration, Early Years Foundation Stage welfare, and learning requirements, Ofsted application process and additional training required.
|Session date and time||Venue|
Wednesday 6 June, 10am-1pm
Maximum 15 participants
Wednesday 19 September, 10am-1pm
Maximum 15 participants
Thursday 18 October, 10am-1pm
Maximum 15 participants
This is a 3 hour session and you are expected to attend for the full 3 hours. Any attendees arriving more than 30 minutes late will not be admitted to the session and will be asked to re-book.
Due to the nature of the session it is not suitable for children, so please make alternative childcare arrangements.
If you would like to find out more information or book onto one of our information sessions please contact:
- Early Years Administrator - Tel: 020 8489-5386
These sessions are very popular, so please confirm your attendance, as numbers for each venue will vary.
Please refer to the documents in the attached files section below to help you develop your understanding of what will be required of you.
The cost for this information session is £36. All fees must be paid before you attend the session.
Refer to the attached files section for further information and relevant documents.
Nannies and home childcarers must complete:
- Safeguarding and child protection course
- 12 hour paediatric first aid course
- Common Core Skills or have a minimum of a level 2 qualification in childcare
If they are expected to prepare food it is advisable that they complete a basic Food Hygiene course.
The above courses can be accessed through colleges or online or external training providers.
Nannies and home childcarers must have their own public liability insurance.
For more information on registration requirements please refer to the Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook (PDF, 637KB)
Q. Why do I need to attend an Information session?
A. The information sessions provides a broad overview of what to expect when becoming a childminder, Some people seem to think that childminding is an easier childcare option. This session provides deeper understanding. It also dispels some myths about childminding.
Q. I already work as a nursery nurse, teacher or have worked with children for many years, do I still need to attend pre registration training?
A. Yes. Working as a childminder is very different from working in other childcare provision. Although there are many similarities and outcomes for the children, childminders are unique providers and this training helps you to identify those differences
Q. How long will the whole process take to become Ofsted registered?
A. From attending the information session to receiving your registration certificate from Ofsted could take up to 6 months - taking into consideration all the training and suitability checks that need to be completed in between.
Q. How long does it take to register with Ofsted?
A. From the date you send your application to Ofsted it should take approximately 12 weeks.
Q. Can I Childmind from rented accommodation?
A. Yes, however you must obtain permission for your landlord before you proceed.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. The minimum age to become a childminder is 18, there is no upper age limit, but you must be healthy in mind and body.
Q. Will my family be checked?
A. Yes, all adults living on the premises (or visiting the premises on a regular basis) over 16 years old will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring DBS (formally CRB/police) check.
Q. Do I have to pay for training?
A. Yes, the Information session, Pre registration training, First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene, Pacey and/or College training all carry a cost.
Q. How much does it cost to become a childminder?
A. Startup costs can be between £600 - £1000, taking into consideration training, DBS for you/family members, health checks, Ofsted registration, insurances and resources.
Q. Does the council provide start-up funding?
A. No, unfortunately the council is unable to provide financial support.
- Coordinator for Childminding Services and Development
Tel: 020 8489 2161
- Early Years Administrator
Tel: 020 8489 5386
- Email email@example.com
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|Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)||638.27 KB|
|Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook||636.73 KB|
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