Becoming a registered childminder in Hampshire
Thinking about working with children? It can be a challenging job but also hugely varied, rewarding and fun so we think you've made a fantastic choice!
A registered childminder is a person who looks after one or more children for more then a total of two hours a day in their own home, for reward.
- The benefits of becoming a registered childminder
- Job satisfaction that comes with having a positive impact on the learning and development of young children
- Working for yourself alongside meeting the needs of your family commitments
- Flexibility - you can set your own working hours and decide how many children you look after
- You are your own boss and can set your own rates of pay
- Professional status with the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications and develop skills as part of continued professional development
- Sustainability - offering funded free early years education places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds
- No childcare costs and no commuting to a place of work costs
- What you need to know to become a registered childminder
The registration process can take between three and six months.
Before you apply to the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) to register as a childminder, you need to consider a number of requirements to be Ofsted compliant and to provide a quality service.
To access the SfYC Introduction to Childminding webinar, which provides an overview of what is required to become registered email SFYCMoodle@hants.gov.uk where you will be sent a log on and password. Please note this is a briefing not a training course.
You could also complete a pre-registration course to support your understanding and adherence to the legal requirements of the DfE Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). As a local authority we are not permitted to advise you as to which course to take; though for example PACEY and the Online Learning College offer online options.
- What you need to do to become a registered childminder
- First Aid - before registering with Ofsted you must hold a suitable Paediatric First Aid qualification, as stated in EYFS framework (page 22, section 3.25). If you employ childminding assistants who may be in sole charge, they must also meet this requirement
- Safeguarding - as the lead practitioner you must attend a child protection course that enables you to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect. The course content must meet the requirements as stated in the EYFS framework (page 17, section 3.6). For further information, refer to the Hampshire Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) training programme
- Basic child protection/safeguarding online learning courses are also available from the National Day Nurseries Association
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - before submitting an application to Ofsted you must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This applies to everyone who lives or works in the premises. You may also want to join the DBS update service to maintain a valid check
- You need to complete and submit a health declaration booklet
- You must hold a current Public Liability insurance policy before working with children
When you have this all in place:
- Register online as a childminder (or childcare provider)
- An Ofsted inspector will visit your home to check whether it is suitable, safe and ready to take children. They will receive your registration certificate and your childminding career can start
- Further information
- Register as a childminder or childcare provider
- Publication – Early years and childcare registration handbook
- Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)
- Search for childminders in your area
- Help with start up costs - Childcare Business Grants Scheme
- Childminder agencies
- HMRC Setting yourself up as a self-employed business
- Contact Services for Young Children