When you start researching the idea of becoming a childminder, you may feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland – lost in a maze of information which can leave you feeling swamped and looking for the white rabbit to lead you in the right direction. Don’t worry – just follow our easy guide below which shows you how to become a fully registered childminder.
Is it for me?
Childminding can be a tough job, with some childminders working over 50 hours per week for minimal pay. To understand what being a childminder is like, it makes sense to speak to people who already work as childminders to find out more about what they do on a typical day. You may know one already, but if not, this site can help connect you. Then, like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you can get a taste for whether the job is “not too hot, not too cold…but just right” for you.
How can I find out more?
You will need to attend a childminding pre-registration briefing session. You can find out where the next session is being held near you by contacting your local authority. It’s a good idea to take some notes as you will receive lots of information during the session, including an application pack and also information about Early Years Foundation Stage (also known as EYFS.)
What qualifications do you need?
Whilst you don’t need any formal qualifications to become a registered childminder, you must have completed an approved training course to help you understand and implement EYFS before you can register with Ofsted.
In addition to this, you will be expected to undertake
- a first aid course
- a doctor’s medical check to ensure you are fit and healthy
- a DBS (formerly known as CRB) disclosure to make sure that you are safe to work with children
How do I apply?
You will need to fill in an application pack and send it back to your Ofsted local centre, or you can apply to be registered via their website which costs £35.
Is there an inspection?
Before you become a registered childminder, Ofsted will conduct an inspection to ensure that you will be able to provide a suitable childcare environment. Two out of the Three Little Piggies failed their inspections when the wolf came to visit and blew their houses down – so it is worth preparing in advance.
Once you have passed these checks – Congratulations! You can let down your hair like Rapunzel and proudly display your certificate showing your newly registered childminder status.