Congratulations on considering Childminding as a career. If you go ahead, we think you will find it a rewarding and enjoyable career.
Registered Childminders work in their own homes to provide care and learning opportunities for other people’s children in a family setting. They can work alone or with a maximum of two assistants (or possibly co-childminders) at one time. Childminders have the options of registering on the Early Years Register, the Childcare Register or both.
In England, individuals need to register as a childminder with Ofsted or a Childminder Agency if they are paid to look after one or more children under the age of 8 years that they are not related to for more than two hours a day or more than three hours a day if they are children of friends.
Childminding Matters are contacted on a daily basis about how to become a registered childminder. Therefore, we have developed a FREE How To Guide to help explain the childminder registration process with Ofsted or what to possibly expect if using a childminder agency (CMA) instead. Full details of the steps required for childminder registration, including how to achieve them, are available in this free How to Guide: How to become a registered childminder.
We strongly recommend that you download the above file, as it will answer many of your questions about registration. However, in summary, the basic requirements, whether you choose to register with Ofsted or a Childminding Agency, are:
- Complete a Childminding Registration Course (available from Childminding Matters)
- Complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application for yourself and anyone over the age of 16 that lives or works in your home. Until recently, everybody associated with the application had to join the DBS update service within 19 days of the issue of the DBS certificate and they had to give their consent to Ofsted/Childminder Agency re-checking their DBS certificate at least every 6 months. Ofsted still recommend that this is still good practice. Some Childminder Agencies (including ours) continue to insist on registration with the DBS update service, as it is a step that shows commitment to safeguarding children.
- Complete a paediatric first aid course or have a date for completion of within 8 weeks of application
- Submit your health declaration booklet to your GP
- Contact your references
- Pay the application fee
- Have appropriate premises, equipment and resources for caring for children from birth to five.
As can be seen, the first step of the process to becoming a registered childminder is to complete a childminding registration course. Childminding Matters’ online Childminding Registration Course, available to purchase on this link, satisfies Ofsted’s and many Agencies’ criteria as a childminder course by introducing you to the EYFS and a generic introduction to child protection/safeguarding. Other elements in our course includes business and finances, marketing, working with parents and other agencies, etc.
Our course is competitively priced and includes the digital materials needed to learn from and pass the course. The price also includes our Childminding Matters’ completion certificate which will be emailed to you immediately when your coursework passes assessment, and can then be used as evidence for your Ofsted or Agency childminder registration application.
Childminding Matters are an Ofsted Registered Childminder Agency (Registration Number CA000029). We recommend you look at our Agency Registered Childminders page to find out more about our Agency and the advantages we believe we offer childminders over registering with Ofsted.
Good luck with your new career!