Working as a childminder | Oxfordshire County Council

Working as a childminder

Information on what childminders do, entry requirements and opportunities for development

Childminding career

What is a childminder?

Childminders work in their own homes to provide care, development and wellbeing for other people's children in a safe environment.

Childminders are required by law to be registered directly with Ofsted, or with an Ofsted registered childminder agency, if they offer a childcare service in their own home, for more than two hours per day for children aged under eight.

As a childminder you would be self-employed and therefore set you own working hours and decide the age of children you take.

What will I be doing?

As a registered childminder you would:

  • offer the children you care for a secure and stimulating environment
  • provide early years education and help the children develop
  • be self-employed, working in your home, choosing the hours you work and the services you provide
  • care for your own children at the same time, if you have a family
  • have a career where no two days are the same

Entry requirements

Childminders must attend our approved training and must hold a current paediatric first aid certificate at the point of registration. First aid training must be approved and consistent with the guidance set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (pdf format, 552KB).

A childminder can usually care for a maximum of six children under-8, including their own children. This is however dependent upon the size of rooms in the registered location.

For more information see our becoming a childminder page.

Opportunities for development

As you develop your business there may be the opportunity to take on an assistant in order to care for more children.

With experience you could also become a network coordinator, supporting other local childminders, or a tutor on childminding courses.

With relevant level 2 or level 3 qualifications you could choose to move into a related job such as a nursery worker, pre-school assistant or Early Years teacher.

Last reviewed
16 May 2017
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