Early years and childcare
How to become an Ofsted registered childminder
This page provides information about how to become an Ofsted registered childminder.
Ofsted provide a pre-registration presentation which explains the reason for registration, who is involved and the process of registration. This presentation can be accessed via their website.
- Ofsted pre-registration presentation
- Ofsted pre-registration briefing for those who wish to become child minders (PDF, 460KB)
If you decide you want to go ahead to registration you are required to complete a paediatric first aid course which has to be completed at the point of registration. The paediatric first aid course can be accessed either from the council’s quality learning partners or through an Ofsted accredited private training provider.
Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)
PACEY offer an online pre-reg briefing for only five pounds which will provide all the information you need to decide if a career in childminding is or you.
You may then wish to go on to purchase the online Level 3 Award in Home based Childcare which costs £300.
PACEY has partnered with The Childcare Company who administer the course and whilst you are studying the HBCA course, you will receive an exclusive three months free PACEY membership, allowing you to take advantage of further training and resources.
Ofsted also provide other useful documents such as childminder applicant checklist, factsheets and guidance on the requirements for the childcare register, the numbers and ages of children that childminders may care for, preparing for your registration visit, childminder register guidance, all of which can be found on the Ofsted website.