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.

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 456405 or email EarlyYearsCentre@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 next briefing sessions are due to take place as follows:

  • Wednesday 15th January 2020 - Preston
  • Thursday 19th March 2020 - Preston

After the briefing session, should you decide you would like to go on to register as a childminder you will be able 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 package also includes a home visit to ensure you are ready for your Ofsted registration visit.  This 12 hour course, runs over 4 weeks with a mixture of daytime and evening sessions and 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.  Relevant handouts to support learning will be made available.

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.

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 your place on the briefing session. 

Once you become a registered Childminder

All registered childminders in Lancashire will have access to our free Universal Offer and have the opportunity to join our charged Early Years Childminder Membership.  For further information click here.

Help with start-up costs

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 Early Years Professional Development Centre: