Childminders care for babies, toddlers and children in their own home, supporting their learning and development.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become a childminder

You can get into this job through:

  • setting up your own business

Other routes

You'll need to get a childcare qualification, and certificates in health and safety, and safeguarding before you register as a childminder.

More information


  • If you want to care for children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day, you'll need to register with Ofsted.

    Before you register, you'll usually need:

    • a childcare qualification approved by your local council
    • a paediatric first aid course
    • training in safeguarding children
    • training in food hygiene

    Your first step is to look at Ofsted’s pre-registration briefing on becoming a childminder.

Career tips

Your local council may also be able to give you advice and financial help on setting up your childminding business.

Further information

You'll find details about careers and courses in childcare from the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years and the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

You can find out more about childcare training routes on the early years career progression map.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • providing inspirational learning activities
  • providing a range of free play activities, both indoors and outside
  • planning, preparing and serving meals
  • changing nappies and making up bottles for babies
  • taking children on outings
  • taking older children to and from playgroup or school
  • working with other local childcare professionals to support children's learning and development

Working environment

You could work from home.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and physically demanding.

Career path and progression

With experience you could expand your business and take on a childcare assistant. You could also become a network coordinator, supporting other local childminders.

With further training you could become a tutor on childminding courses. You could also move into a related job like nursery worker, playworker, community play leader or teaching assistant.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a childminder right now.

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Courses In England


  • Start date: 01 August 2020
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF)

  • Start date: 01 December 2019
  • Location: Woolwich

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