Become a registered childminder

Childminders are childcare professionals, who look after one or more children for more than a total of two hours a day in their own homes for reward.  They offer a flexible, quality service for parents and their children.

The demand for childminding services is now increasing and in order to meet the needs of parents and to offer parents a choice of child care services we are looking to recruit more childminders who are flexible in meeting the needs of children and families. 

As a registered childminder you would be self-employed and need to comply with Ofsted registration requirements and complete background checks. To find out about the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) and the registration process for childminders see their presentation.

Support and training

Local authority support and training is offered to prospective childminders throughout the registration process. The support and training offered by the Early Years Advisory team will equip prospective childminders with the right skills to be a successful childminder offering a quality home from home setting for children and families.

What you need to do to become a registered childminder

Before you apply to Ofsted to be registered as a childminder, you must have an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and hold a suitable Paediatric First Aid certificate. You can choose which training provider you go to, however the course/s you undertake must meet the requirements as stated in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The local authority offer all prospective and registered early years providers the opportunity to subscribe to the 'Early Years training programme' where you can access a variety of training courses from both local and national trainers, including mandatory paediatric first-aid training.

Details on how to subscribe will be provided at the initial fully funded 'Early Years Foundation Stage' training sessions which are offered throughout the year. To find out when and where to access the next available course, visit the Learning and Development training pages.

Safeguarding training

Safeguarding - as the lead practitioner you must attend a child protection course that enables you to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect. The course content must meet the requirements as stated in the EYFS framework.

To find out when and where to access the next available course, visit the Learning and Development training pages.

Food hygiene

It is good practice for newly registered childminders to complete a suitable food hygiene course as soon as possible after registration and prior to their first Ofsted inspection visit. Food hygiene courses are available to Isle of Wight childminder practitioners as an E-learning package through the 'Training Subscription scheme'.

Childminders who choose not to join the training subscription scheme will need to source an alternative food hygiene course that meets the Ofsted requirements.

The Food Standards Agency has developed a Food Safety management pack for registered childminders pack for registered childminder on domestic premises who usually provide meals and drinks for the children in their care. Full guidance Safer food, better business for childminders, and enables childminders to meet comply with food safety and hygiene regulations.

Self-employed childminders

HMRC provides a wealth of information for prospective childminders to help you register as self-employed.

Further information

Childminding is a great career choice for those who wish to make a difference for children and families.

To find out more contact the Learning and Development team on 01983 817280 or email direct