How to become a registered Childminder
Here are the steps that you will need to follow:
- You’ll need to ring your local Children’s/Families Information Services to let them know that you’re interested in becoming a childminder. To find your local office telephone number/details, you can call Childcare Link on 0800 096 0296 or go to www.childcarelink.gov.uk and use the postcode search, that will take you through to your local area page.
- Attend a childminding briefing session – your local CIS/FIS will let you know details of the next session in your area.
- Make sure you understand the Statutory Requirements of the Early Years Foundadtion Stage (EYFS) and take a look at the ‘Guide to Registration for Childminders’ on the Ofsted website – www.ofsted.gov.uk.
- Think carefully about whether childminding is what you want to do. If it is, and you’re still ready to become a registered childminder, then continue on…
- Complete the Ofsted childminding application pack (you will receive this when you attend your briefing session) and send it to Ofsted.
- Book yourself on to a first aid course and ICP course – you’ll need to complete the training course within 6 months of being registered and hold a current paediatric first aid certificate at the point of being registered. in some areas these courses are hard to book.
- Ofsted say that when they receive your application is when the registration process begins. Ofsted will guide you through this part of the registration process. You can expect to have a home visit from an inspection officer to check that your home is suitable for childminding and they will conduct a ‘suitable person’ interview with you. The inspection officer will let you know if there are any actions that you need to follow to make sure you meet the minimum requirements for registration. Ofsted will send off for a CRB check on you (you’ll need to complete forms for this but Ofsted will guide you).
- Once all the checks have been completed, Ofsted will grant or deny registration. They will let you know either way and will advise you what register you have been registered to (Early Years register if you wish to mind children aged under 5 or the Ofsted ChildCare register, if you're looking after over 5's).
- If you are granted registration, Ofsted will send you your registration certificate. Don’t forget to display your registration certificate, this is an Ofsted requirement.
You are now ready to mind children – good luck and have fun!