What you need to know
• look after one or more children under the age of eight for more than a total of two hours a day in their own home for payment
• are registered and inspected by Ofsted to ensure they provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that they care for
• are self-employed and run their own business
• follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework covering the safeguarding and welfare; and the learning and development requirements (if caring for 0-5 year old’s). For more information about the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) click here
If you would like more information about becoming a registered childminder, please follow the link to view the Ofsted presentation ‘Registration for Childminders’. (Once you access this link, please view the first document ‘PowerPoint presentation’)
Childminder training can be completed either in a classroom based setting or online, however, you will need to carry out your own research to find a course that suits you.
Please see this link for an online option.
In addition to your childminder training, you will also be required to complete a Paediatric First Aid course.
Register online on the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register
Visit the Ofsted Online website to register on the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register. You will need to create an account to use Ofsted Online.
For more information, please see Guide to registration on the childcare register
Registering as a nanny
People who care for children in the child’s own home do not normally need to register with Ofsted. However, you can opt to register on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register if you wish to do so.
Guide to registration on the childcare register