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Setting up as a childminder

As a registered childminder you will:

  • be able to care for your own children at the same time (if you have a family)
  • offer the children you care for a happy and stimulating environment
  • provide early learning and childcare and see children develop
  • work in your home, choosing the hours you work and the services you provide

If you are interested in setting up as a childminder you should contact the Early Years Service.

The Early Years Service run childminder pre-registration briefing sessions that you will need to attend to learn more about becoming a childminder.

Before you can start working as a childminder you will need to register with Ofsted. Ofsted is responsible for the regulation of childcare provisions in England. You will need to register with Ofsted, on the Early Years Register, Childcare Register or both.

Further information on the Ofsted Early Years Register,and Compulsory and Voluntary parts of the Childcare Register can be found on the Ofsted registers page.

The Early Years Service will be able to offer advice and support with:

  • the Ofsted registers and application process
  • ensuring that you will meet the necessary requirements and regulations
  • the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
  • all aspects of health, safety and risk assessment
  • training
  • policies and procedures

To register with Ofsted you will need to complete the online registration process.

Before you complete your online registration forms you must complete and submit you Health Declaration Form to you GP. You must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through Capita, for yourself and every person over the age of 16 working or living on the premises, before you apply to Ofsted. Once Ofsted have received all of this information and your registration fee they will begin to process your application. This registration process can take up to 12 weeks.

Following receipt of your application, Ofsted will contact you to arrange for an inspector to visit your home. They will need to make sure that you are suitable to care for children and that your home is safe and child-friendly.

You will also need to attend a CYPOP 5 course which is run by a range of providers and a 12 hour pediatric first-aid course before you start minding children.

Once you receive your registration certificate and have all necessary paperwork and training in place you can start work as a registered childminder.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) delivers webinars as part of the help and support for those starting their own businesses or seeing their business grow. Information about the webinars, both live and pre-recorded, can be found on the HMRC website.

Guidance and forms about registration and Ofsted requirements can be found on the Ofsted guidance pages.

For further information and advice please contact the Early Years Service.

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