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Becoming a childminder

Interested in becoming a childminder or childcare provider?

Childminding is an interesting and rewarding career. You can gain professional qualifications, get support in setting up your own business, work from your own home and become your own boss.

To become a registered childminder you will need to hold a Level 3 or above in Childcare & Education and have worked with children under the age of 5 years in the past 2 years. If you do not have this qualification you will need to complete the Local Authority 'Setting up a Home-Based Childcare Business Course' (see below), or an Ofsted approved online course such as Pacey.

'Setting up a home-based Childcare business’ course

This course (which is one unit of a Level 3 Children & Young People’s Workforce Diploma) is delivered by the Bi-borough Early Years Advisory Team, and is accepted by Ofsted as an approved course as part of Ofsted registration. 
Ofsted is the government organisation that ensures all early years provision meets the necessary minimum requirements as identified by The Children Act 1989 and The Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) document.

Interested parties will initially attend a 'Childminder information session' and the subsequent 'EYFS/assessment session' both of which are free. Successful applicants will then be invited to the 'Setting up a home-based Childcare business course'. Currently the cost of the course is £100. The course consists of 8 weekly sessions of 2 ½ hours sessions. 

The next 'Childminding information session' will be held Tuesday 7th Sept 2021 from 10am - 12pm OR, Tuesday 14th Sept 2021 from 1 – 3pm

(Places must be pre booked)

'Childminding information session flyer'


Next course: 

The next course will start in October 2021 - date and times to be confirmed, depending on the COVID restrictions at the time the course may be delivered face - face or virtually.

Attendees must have attended the Information session and the EYFS/assessment session prior to the course, for further details please contact Glynis Mates:

Email: gmates@westminster.gov.uk   Tel: 07971 626075

Clients looking at other career choices within childcare can contact Glynis for information, advice and guidance. 

 



Process for becoming a childminder

To become registered as a childminder you will need to hold a Level 3 or above in Childcare & Education and worked with children under the age of 5 years in the past 2 years. 

If you do not have this qualification you will need to complete the Local Authority 'Setting up a Homebased Childcare Course' or complete an Ofsted approved online course such as Pacey (see External links).

For details of the next Local Authority course or more information on becoming a registered childminder please contact: 

Family Information Service Bi-BoroughChildCareEarlyEd@rbkc.gov.uk  or call 07971626075.

There are a number of other documents and certificates you will need to have before completing the online Ofsted registration.  

For more information visit the Ofsted website

Click the link on the right for a quick guide from Ofsted on registering to become a nanny or childminder.

Last Updated 20/05/2021

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