Becoming a Childminder

Becoming a Childminder

Are you considering becoming a Childminder? Would you like to understand the different registers, the Ofsted registration process, training and support available from Babcock Prime. Then why not attend our Free 2 Hour Childminding Information Session on 10th January 2018, 7pm - 9pm, Worcester. To book your place call the Babcock Prime - Training team on 0105 678137 or the Early Years Helpline on 01905 678134.

To register as a Home Childcarer, Nanny, on the Voluntary Part of the Childcare Register, it is recommend that you download 'Ofsted's Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook' (see below) and refer to Annex C (page 38).

Further support on becoming a childminder is available here

Essential Documents

Are available within the resources section below

Costs and Grants

The following document outlines initial and ongoing estimated costs available here

The Department for Education (DfE) are currently offering a Business Grant once registered, further information is available here


The Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, effective April 2017, states that to become a registered Childminder you must have undertaken the following training:

  • Paediatric First Aid (12 hours)
  • Safeguarding
  • Training that helps them to understand and implement the EYFS


Babcock Prime’s offer of training to meet the above is outlined below:

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding
  • EYFS - Safeguarding & Welfare Requirements
  • Running a Childminding Business
  • Partnership with Parents and Families
  • EYFS - Learning, Development and Assessment
  • Nursery Education Funding (NEF) Registration

Details of our Spring modular training programme, listed above, will be available at the Childminding Information Session on 10th January 2018 | 7pm - 9pm | Worcester why not book your free place to find out more about this exciting career.

Our booking terms and conditions are available here


Once you are registered on the Early Years Register, your first inspection will take place within the first 30 months of registration, further information regarding your first inspection and Ofsted’s expectations can be found here.

You will then be inspected at least once in every inspection cycle, a cycle is every 4 years, and the current cycle started September 2016 and ends July 2020.

Useful Websites

Are available within the resources section below


Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook

Early Years Outcomes

Developments Matters

Early Years Compliance Handbook

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Childcare Disqualification Act

Ofsted Annual Report 2015/16

Ofsted website

Department for Education (DfE) website

Childcare Business Grants website

GOV UK website

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