If you love children and want to help give them the best start in life, being a registered childminder could be the ideal career for you.
Childminding offers fantastic career opportunities - from making a difference in a child's life, to being your own boss, and working from home.
Is childminding for me?
Do I have to register?
Yes - you will be required to register with Ofsted or a Childminding Agency if you are looking after or planning to look after one or more children under the age of eight:
- For more than two hours a day
- In your own home
- For payment
Unregistered childminding is illegal and could result in prosecution and fines.
Am I too old?
No – If you have the energy and a desire to care and educate young children and are in good health there is no age restriction.
Is there lots of paperwork?
You would be required to keep some written documents and records. You will need to have a good standard of English and be able to share information effectively. Good communication skills are vital.
Do I need qualifications?
No – but we would recommend that you complete training in Early Years such as a pre-registration course. You would need a good understanding and knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Early years foundation stage - GOV.UK and know how to implement it to ensure children learn and develop and are kept safe.
You will need a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid qualification and Safeguarding training. Further information about training can be found in the Thinking about childminding booklet.
Does it matter what kind of home I live in?
No – but the amount of space you have available may limit the number of children you can be registered to care for.
You don’t need a garden, but it is really important that children have access to outdoor spaces every day. Your home must be a safe environment for young children.
I have pets, will that make a difference?
No – as long as your pets are safe around children and you have good hygiene practices in place to keep children protected, it won’t be an issue. In fact, some parents, who can’t keep pets themselves, may choose a childminder with animals so their children can experience what it is like being around pets.
Does it matter that I have my own children at home?
No – depending on the age of your children it could impact on the number of children you could be registered to care for.
You may want to think about how your own children may feel about other children sharing you, their home and their toys! We recommend that the whole family is involved in the decision to become a childminder.
Is there a cost to register?
Yes – there is a cost to register with Ofsted or a Childminding agency and there will be costs attached to training. More information about these costs can be found in the ‘Thinking about Childminding’ booklet.
Following the announcement of the new start-up grant for childminders at the Spring Budget on 15 March 2023, a £600 grant for those who register with Ofsted, and £1200 for those who register with a childminder agency, will be payable to any individual who has completed their childminder registration on or after 15 March 2023.
New childminders will be able to apply for the grant from autumn 2023.
What support would be available to me?
- Regular early years updates via newsletters, Facebook, and childminder meetings
- Access to useful documents and resources
- Support and guidance from a local authority advisor
- Childminder mentors who support newly registered childminders
- Access to training, briefings and conferences
- Many Childminders meet up locally to connect and support each other
Want to find out more?
If you think childminding could be for you, you can request a copy of the ‘Thinking about Childminding’ information booklet.
Email email@example.com with your:
- full name
- email address
- home address
- telephone number.
The booklet will be emailed to you and will give you more information about the registration process.
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