Thinking about becoming a childminder?

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  
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 to find the next and nearest briefing session for you. There is a small charge of £10 to attend the session.
After the briefing session, should you decide you would like to go on 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 day time and evening sessions is currently £145.
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 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
 To book a place or for further information please call the Family Information Service (01772) 537730 or email