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Becoming a Childminder

Last Updated 27/08/2019

Childminding is an interesting and rewarding career. You can gain professional qualifications, get support in setting up your own business, work from your own home and become your own boss. If you are interested in becoming a childminder, you can attend a briefing session organised and run by the Early Years Advisory Team, which will give you all the information you need and explain the requirements you must meet as a childminder, such as registering with Ofsted. Ofsted is the government organisation that ensures all early years provision meets the necessary minimum requirements as identified by The Children Act 1989 and The Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) document.

It is recommended for those enquiring to become a childminder to attend the ‘Becoming a childminder’ information session.

If you would like to book onto a session or register your interest, please contact the Family Information Service

Process to become a childminder

To become registered as a childminder you will need to hold a Level 3 or above in Childcare & Education and worked with children under the age of 5 years in the past 2 years. 

If you do not have this qualification you will need to complete the Local Authority 'Setting up a Homebased Childcare Course' or complete an Ofsted approved online course such as Pacey (see External links).

For details of the next Local Authority course or more information on becoming a registered childminder please contact: 

Family Information Service or call 020 7641 1007.

There are a number of other documents and certificates you will need to have before completing the online Ofsted registration.  

For more information visit the Ofsted website

Click the link on the right for a quick guide from Ofsted on registering to become a nanny or childminder.

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