Becoming a childminder

Details of working as a registered childminder and pre-registration information.

When you are required to register as a childminder

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.

Pre-registration information

If you'd like to be a childminder, you can request a copy of the ‘Thinking about Childminding’ information booklet.

Email with your:

  • full name
  • email address
  • home address
  • telephone number.

This booklet will give you more information about childminding and the Ofsted registration process. We advise that you read the information pack before you registering as a childminder.

Ofsted is the government department responsible for regulating childminders including registration. 

Further guidance

For information about registering as a childminder:

Become a childminder: pre-registration briefing (Ofsted).

Guidance for childminders and nannies, including:

  • when/if you need to register with Ofsted
  • how it works
  • how much it costs
  • what you need 
  • information about applying to join the Early Years Register and Childcare Register.