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Becoming a Childminder

Training needed

  • 12-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)

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Documents Required

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Online childminding information sessions

Are you interested in becoming a childminder? Then why not attend one of our online childminding information sessions.

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.

  • New session dates will be added soon
Session date and timeVenue

Table: Childminding Information Sessions

September 2023 - TBCOnline via Microsoft Teams
October 2023 - TBCOnline via Microsoft Teams
November 2023 - TBCOnline via Microsoft Teams

Each session will run for a maximum of 2 hours, depending on the number of participants.

How to join

These information sessions will be delivered online using Microsoft Teams. You will need to download Microsoft Teams before you access the session (external link).

  • Please complete the registration form to join the waiting list for our information sessions:

Register now

If you would like to find out more about these sessions, please contact the Childminding Development Coordinator via phone at 07866 518 449.

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Information for Nannies and Home childcarers

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.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. Why do I need to attend an Information session?
A. The information session 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 a deeper understanding of what is involved. 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 from 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 Service (DBS) check (formally called a 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 to £1,000, taking into consideration training, DBS for you/family members, health checks, Ofsted registration, required insurance and resources.

Q. Does the council provide start-up funding?
A. No. Unfortunately, the council is unable to provide financial support.

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Further information

Coordinator for Childminding Services and Development:

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Page last updated:

July 17, 2023