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Becoming a childminder

Childminding is stimulating, rewarding, important and most of all enjoyable.
As a prospective childminder you must have completed training which helps you to understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) before you can register with OfSTED.  The EYFS sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. All registered early year’s providers are required to use the EYFS  
Please take a look through our Becoming a Childminder Pack to see what is involved in being a childminder.
Although you can go through the registration process by yourself, we recommend that prospective childminders use the support and funding for training available from the local authority.
Please see our flowchart to becoming a childminder through the local authority's process and read the information and details for the Pathways to Childminder Registration sessions.  Information on the Preparing to work in / Understanding how to set up a Home Based Childcare Service training course is given at the Pathways to Childminder Registration sessions, alongside the funding application details.
Paediatric First Aid
As part of the EYFS criteria it is a requirement that all registered childminders hold a Paediatric First Aid certificate. Leicestershire County Council has a list of preferred training suppliers who deliver First Aid Courses around the county.  You will need to book and pay for these direct with the training companies offering this course.
Funding
Once you have attended the Pathways to Childminder Registration and booked onto your Paediatric First Aid course, funding (up to £200) is available to undertake the Preparing to work in / Understanding how to set up a Home Based Childcare Service course through our approved training providers.
Due to the level of expectations involved in meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the necessary communication skills required, it is a requirement of funding that, before you proceed with registration, you are able to evidence that you hold a minimum of Level 2 in English Literacy (English GCSE A*-C).  
English Literacy qualifications can be accessed free of charge.  For more information call the Adult Learning Service on 0800 988 0308 or visit www.leics.gov.uk/golearn. Alternatively you can also visit Train Together.   To assess what level you are currently at, go to www.move-on.org.uk.
A £50 refundable (After Ofsted registration) payment is also required to access the grant.
Find Out More - Book online now
If you are still interested in becoming a Childminder, or would like more information, without any obligation, please complete the ‘on-line’ form to book onto one of our Pathways to Childminder Registration workshops.  Please ensure that you have read the childminding pack and flowchart before attending the workshop
Real Stories
Current childminders have written their story of how they became a childminder and what they've done since first registering. Why not read Amanda's,(PDF59kb) Holly's,(PDF42kb) Serena's (PDF 81kb) and Michelle's (PDF 38kb) journey into an enthralling and rewarding career.
Links to associated organisations providing useful information, including news, new initiatives and events:
HM Revenue & Customs - HMRC
The HMRC gives help and support to new and growing business through videos, webinars and e-learning. They also have a ready reckoner to help with budgeting for your tax bill as well as a product catalogue listing the support and help they give to businesses to meet their obligations to HMRC both accurately and on time.  
Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years - PACEY
Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance -EYFS

Page Last Updated: 1 September 2014