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Becoming a Childminder

Childminding is stimulating, rewarding, important and most of all enjoyable.

As a prospective childminder you must have completed training which helps you to understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) before you can register with OfSTED. The EYFS sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. All registered early years providers are required to use the EYFS.

Take a look through our booklet to see what is involved in being a childminder. Although you can go through the registration process by yourself, we recommend that prospective childminders use the support and funding for training available from the local authority:

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Please see our Flowchart to Becoming a Childminder through the local authority's process and read the information and details for the Pathways to Childminder Registration sessions. Information on the Preparing to work in a Home Based Childcare Service training course is given at the Pathways to Childminder Registration sessions:

Flowchart to becoming a childminder

Pathways to Childminder Registration sessions

Preparing to work in a Home Based Childcare Service

Childminder Business Grants

Paediatric First Aid

As part of the EYFS criteria it is a requirement that all registered childminders hold a Paediatric First Aid certificate. Leicestershire County Council has a list of preferred training suppliers who deliver First Aid Courses around the county. You will need to book and pay for these direct with the training companies offering this course.

Preferred Trainers

Funding

Once you have attended the Pathways to Childminder Registration and booked onto your Paediatric First Aid course, funding is available to help undertake 'Preparing to work in / Understanding how to set up a Home Based Childcare Service' course through PACEY.

Due to the level of expectations involved in meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the necessary communication skills required, it is a requirement of funding that, before you proceed with registration, you are able to evidence that you hold a minimum of Level 2 in English Literacy (English GCSE A*-C).  

English Literacy qualifications can be accessed free of charge. For more information visit the Adult Learning Service or call on 0800 988 0308. To assess what level you are currently at, go to Excellence Gateway.

A £50 payment is required to access the grant.

Childminder Agencies

Although in their infancy, childminding agencies are being created around the country to support you becoming, and to developing your childminding business.

Childminder agencies are organisations that provide childminders with a range of services, including continuous professional development, training, quality assurance checks, brokerage with parents and business support.  

Childminders can register with Ofsted through the process above or register with an Ofsted registered agency.

There are currently two childminder agencies operating in Leicestershire.

  • @HomeChildcare are based in Nottingham. You can join the agency, who offer a full start-up support and training service or pre-registration training only.
  • Rutland Early Years Agency Ltd offers support, training and development for childminders whilst allowing them to be independent businesses. They do this by offering a support package covering everything from newsletters and training information to your statutory obligations. You can then add to this support, as and when you need to, choosing from a range of bespoke options.

We will add details of any new agencies operating in Leicestershire as they are created.

If you are wanting to set up a childminding agency please read the DfE guidance. The Local Authority are happy to support any childminder agency wishing to start up in Leicestershire. Please contact 0116 305 7136.

DfE: A guide for childminder agencies

Support

Depending on Ofsted grading, support from the Local Authority is available for childcare providers and potential providers through a variety of ways.

Childminder support groups

Childminder support groups are a great way to meet other childminders in the area where you live. The groups are run and organised individually by childminders themselves and offer different activities and experiences for childminders and children.

An Improvement Advisor and a Development Advisor visit the groups regularly to offer support, advice and guidance.

Childminder support groups in Leicestershire

Find Out More

If you are still interested in becoming a Childminder, or would like more information, without any obligation, please complete the online form to book onto one of our Pathways to Childminder Registration workshops. Please ensure that you have read the childminding pack and flowchart before attending the workshop.

Pathways to Childminder Registration sessions

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Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years - PACEY

Business Smart for Childminders
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Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance - EYFS

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