Becoming a childminder

Becoming a childminder

If you are interested in becoming a childminder, we have a dedicated and experienced team who can help you to achieve your ambition.

There is a charge for some of this support but there is currently a government grant available of £500.

Thinking about becoming a childminder?

Childminding is a career which provides rich opportunity and reward. The personal satisfaction of supporting children to develop is huge, coupled with providing an invaluable service in the increasingly hectic modern world. If you’re considering becoming a childminder, there are some key questions to consider:

  • Do you want to work from home?
  • Are you energetic, enthusiastic and caring?
  • Could you provide a range of planned activities?
  • Would you enjoy working with parents to ensure you give a good service?

Childminders are:

  • Registered to look after one or more children under the age of eight, for more than two hours a day on domestic premises (normally their own home)   for any kind of reward
  • Registered by Ofsted, and inspected at regular intervals to ensure every childminder meets the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements
  • Self-employed 

Find out more information by coming along to a childminder briefing session.
 

How to register as a childminder

Come along to a pre-registration briefing session where you find out about the registration process and how to become a childminder.  Call us on 01772 537730 or email sseyccadmin@lancashire.gov.uk for details of how to book on or ask any questions.  There is a small charge of £10 to attend the session.

 The following sessions are available:

 Monday 21st May 2018

Preston

Evening Session

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Preston

Morning Session

Thursday 1st November 2018

Burnley

Evening Session

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Preston

Evening Session

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Burnley

Evening Session

After the briefing session, should you decide you would like to go to register as a childminder you will need to complete a childminding pre-registration course.  This course will help you to become familiar with the EYFS and Learning and Development requirements.  The training also includes a home visit to ensure you and your home are ready for Ofsted registration.  This 12 hour course, run over 4 weeks with a mixture of daytime and evening sessions is currently £145.     

Childminding pre-registration workshops

The childminding pre-registration workshops will give you the underpinning knowledge you will need to register as a childminder.

Topics covered include:

  • Making your home safe
  • Writing policies
  • Managing behaviour
  • Observing children
  • Giving medication
  • Supporting children's learning
  • Risk assessment
  • Planning activities
  • Working with parents

The workshops are led by qualified staff who have many years’ experience in early years including working as Inspectors for Ofsted. They will use their expertise to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.

The four sessions are run in the evening or morning throughout the year. There are no tests or exams but you are expected to join in with the discussions and activities and make the most of your time during the sessions.

Once you have completed your workshops one of the tutors will visit you in your home to provide individual advice and help you to prepare for your Ofsted registration visit. This one to one time will
help ensure you are ready to become a successful childminder.

We will provide:

  • Handouts
  • Business paper work
  • Lancashire Childminding Portfolio

Once you are registered your Quality Development Worker will continue to support you, using their experience in early years to offer you ongoing advice and encouragement. They visit you in your home to help you prepare for your inspection. They also produce regular newsletters and organise meetings to keep you updated and meet with other childminders.

The cost of this course is currently £145.

If you don’t live within the Lancashire County Council area then you are still welcome to access our Pre-registration workshops but please discuss this with us when you book the briefing session.

Help with start-up costs

There is a grant available to those who register with Ofsted to become a childminder on the Early Years Register.  This grant of £500 (or £1,000 for an early years childminder of children with special educational needs and disability).  It is to be spent on costs directly related to setting up your childminding business including charges for; courses attended, the health check. DBS checks, Ofsted application fee and additional equipment.
 
Go to the Childcare Business Grants Scheme website for full details of eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions and the process to apply.
 
If you are on certain benefits you may be able to apply for a New Enterprise Allowance that includes having your own mentor and you:

  • may get a weekly allowance worth up to £1,274 over 26 weeks.
  • can apply for a loan to help with start-up costs 

Go to GOV.uk for more information about eligibility and how to get New Enterprise Allowance.

Contact us

To book a place on a briefing session or for further information please call the Family Information Service: