How to become a childminder
You can get into this job by:
- registering with Ofsted
- registering with a Childminder Agency
You can attend an introductory childminding briefing that covers everything you need to prepare to register as a childminder. Your local council can give you information on where to find one.
The aim is to make sure that you understand what is involved before making a decision about whether it's the right career for you.
If you want to care for children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day, you have to register with one of the following:
For this, you'll usually need to complete:
- a home-based childcare course that covers the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
- a paediatric first aid course
- child protection training - safeguarding
- a food safety qualification
You may have to do a basic skills test to show that you have the minimum standard of English and maths needed to support the educational development of children in your care. You'll also need to pass an assessment of your home and any equipment you will use.
Local councils, CMAs and professional bodies can provide pre-registration training to become a childminder. They also have information on registering and further training once you are working as a childminder.
Your first step is to check out Ofsted's pre-registration briefing on becoming a childminder.
It's a good idea to do some research to find out if there's a demand for childminders in your local area.
As you'll be self-employed, you might find it useful to learn about setting up your own business and your responsibilities for tax and insurance.
You can find out more about working as a childminder at Early Years Careers.
You can contact professional bodies for advice on how to become a childminder, training courses and registration: