This information is designed for people who are considering becoming a childminder in Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES).

This should provide you with an overview of the requirements to become a childminder and the registration process. You can also access support and advice from B&NES Childminding Team.

What is a Childminder?   

Childminders look after children, usually in their own home. They must register with Ofsted or a childminder agency if they are paid to look after any children under eight for more than two hours a day in someone’s home. There are a few exceptions – see Ofsted PowerPoint presentation below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pre-registration-briefing-for-those-wishing-to-become-childminders

What skills are required to become a childminder?

Childminders must provide high quality childcare and education within a safe and stimulating environment. Childminders need to plan a variety of play based activities to meet the needs of each individual child’s stage of development. They must meet all the requirements of the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2

Becoming a Childminder – what you need to know

Childminders look after children, usually in their own home. They must register with Ofsted or a childminder agency. If they care for children under the age of eight for more than two hours a day for reward they must register.

There are certain requirements you must meet to register including:

  • Complete relevant training to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Complete 12 hour paediatric first aid course
  • Complete Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks for all household members over 16 years of age and sign up to the annual update service

Is there a need in your area?

We recommend you carry out market research in your locality. Check what other childcare is in your area. Do they have spaces? You can research other providers in your area on our local database www.bathnes1bd.org.uk

You can find out more about setting up a new childcare business by following this link: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/children-young-people-and-families/childcare-early-years-play/childcare-sufficiency-assessm

Other things to consider

As a childminder you are self-employed and as such need to register with the Inland Revenue. You will need to keep business accounts and will be required to complete an annual tax return.

The government have produced support and advice for childminders here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob3/pacey/HTML/pacey_menu.html.

You may have to pay tax – depending on how much you earn. You may also be entitled to benefits if you are on low income. Please follow this link to find out more: http://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/work-as-childminder

How to register as a childminder in England

Potential childminders can either register with Ofsted or a childminder agency. Currently in B&NES there are no childminder agencies so those wishing to become childminders will need to register with Ofsted, the government body who register and regulate childminders.

You can find out more about Ofsted and their registration process by downloading their briefing PowerPoint:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pre-registration-briefing-for-those-wishing-to-become-childminders

How long is the Registration Process?

  • Ofsted state that the registration process can take up to 12 weeks from when they receive your application. There are certain requirements you need to meet before your registration can be processed:
  • Complete relevant training to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) including local authority foundation safeguarding training
  • Complete 12 hour paediatric first aid course
  • Complete Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for all household members over 16 years of age and sign up to the annual update service
  • Complete a medical declaration and take to your doctors to be signed
  • You will also receive a visit from an Ofsted inspector to check you and your home is safe and suitable for childminding.
  • You CANNOT start work as a childminder until you have received your registration certificate.

Further information on the registration process has been produced by Ofsted and can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childminders-and-childcare-providers-register-with-ofsted/childminders-and-childcare-on-domestic-premises-registration

Ofsted have also produced a handbook on registration as an early years or childcare provider:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childminders-and-childcare-providers-register-with-ofsted

Introduction to Childminding Practice (ICP) course

The Introduction to Childminding Practice (ICP) course costs £190

The introductory course is 2 days and covers the information required by Ofsted for registration. There are no assignments, only what you need to prepare for your registration visit from Ofsted.  You can find out when the next ICP Course is by looking on The Hub (type childminding in the keyword search)

The Childminding Team offer a package of support to newly registering childminders.  If you would like any further information please contact early_years@bathnes.gov.uk or 01225 394042

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