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Becoming a childminder

Childminding is stimulating, rewarding, important and most of all enjoyable.
Please take a look through our Becoming a Childminder Pack (pdf, 646kb) to see what is involved in being a childminder. There are 2 routes to becoming a childminder.

Route 1:

If you are currently delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and hold a full and relevant level 3 childcare qualification you can follow this route.

Route 2:

If you have no previous experience in delivering the EYFS or you've not got a level 3 childcare qualification, you will need to follow this route.
To be eligible for support and funding to become a registered childminder through this route you will need to hold a level 2 in Adult English Literacy or a GCSE in English (Language) graded A* - C. If you don't currently hold this qualification please contact the Adult Learning Service on 0800 988 0308 or Train Together.
Once you have read through all the information, if you are still interested in becoming a childminder, or would like more information, without any obligation, please complete the enquiry form and book onto a Pathways to Childminder Registration 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:
Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years - PACEY
HM Revenue & Customs - HMRC
Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance -EYFS

Page Last Updated: 15 April 2014