Childminding offers an interesting and rewarding career that you can do from your own home. You can choose the hours that you work and the numbers of children you care for. You will need to meet the criteria of the Early Years Foundation Stage and all other relevant legislation. For more on this, please contact us:
- Username Early Years Learning and Childcare Team
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Childminding training course
You must complete a training course to be a childminder. This is to help you understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage, before you register with Ofsted. Note: There is a small charge for this course.
In addition you will need to attend a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid training course and complete Child protection / safeguarding training.
We have two teams that can support you through the process of becoming a registered childminder:
- Early Years Learning and Childcare team;
- Quality Improvement and Support team.
They will support you through a series of visits from the initial information session, through and beyond registration.
Setting up your business
We can provide support for you setting up your own childminding business.
To help assess childcare demand in your area, there is a guide to market research, including a sample form:
We have also produced a sample business plan template to help you:
- Childminder business plan template (pdf version) [PDF 173KB]
- Childminder business plan template (Word version) [DOC 241KB]
For more on running your own childcare business, see: Childcare providers support .