Childminding careers

Childminder and young child

Childminding offers an interesting and rewarding career, which you can do from your own home. You can tailor your hours of work and the numbers of children you care for, provided you meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and all other relevant legislation. Please contact us below for more information.

  • Username Early Years Learning and Childcare Team
  • Email
  • Address
    Town Hall
    HX1 1TP

Childminding training course

You must complete a training course to be a childminder, to help you understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage before registering with Ofsted. 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.

The Early Years Learning and Childcare team and the Quality Improvement and Support team are available to support you through the process of becoming a registered childminder. They will support you through a series of visits from the initial information session, through and beyond registration.

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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:

For more information on running your own childcare business, see: Childcare providers support .