Becoming a childminder
How do I become a registered childminder in Devon?
You will need to register with Ofsted or a childminder agency before you can look after children under the age of eight years. To be a childminder you need to be at least 18. As part of the registration process you would need to:
- attend suitable childminding training that will allow you to demonstrate your ability to deliver the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- attend a safeguarding awareness course
- attend paediatric first aid training.
The Devon Early Years and Childcare service provides free pre registration support and advice. If you would like to become a Devon childminder, or would like some advice, please contact us via our online enquiry form.
The registration process can take up to twelve weeks from when you submit an application form. To find out more and to apply please visit Ofsted.
Depending on how you plan to organise your childminding service, it may require planning permission before setting up; especially if two childminders want to work together from their home. We recommend you contact your local council for advice during your business planning stage and before you apply to Ofsted:
What training do I need to do to become a childminder?
Preparing to be a childminder course:
Our ‘Preparing to be a childminder’ course covers all the training requirements to prepare you for Ofsted registration. We offer the training in the following formats:
Preparing to be a childminder (eLearning)
This course is more suited to those that have some previous experience of working with early years children
£50 per personnow £25 per person The course will consist of various eLearning modules
Preparing to be a childminder (virtual course)
This virtual course provides you with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your childminding plans with our experienced course tutors
£50 per personnow £25 per person
The course will consist of two taught virtual sessions (run over two separate mornings), eLearning and home study
Next dates for the virtual sessions:
Weds 19th April and Weds 3rd May 2023 (9.45am – 1pm)
To book a place on the ‘Preparing to be a Childminder’ course please contact us via our online enquiry form.
We will get back to you with information about booking onto a course and we can also advise which course format would be best suited to you.
As well as undertaking the ‘Preparing to be a Childminder’ training, you must also attend a Paediatric First Aid course (which costs £65) and a Safeguarding Awareness (Group 2) course (fully funded). Please note – if you already hold a current Paediatric First Aid or a Safeguarding Awareness certificate you do not need to undertake this course again.
If you have any questions please contact us via our online enquiry form.
Childminder information session:
Want to find out a bit more about becoming a childminder before signing up to the ‘Preparing to be a childminder’ course? Come along to a free and informal taster session where you can attend a short virtual meeting, watch a short presentation and ask the tutors questions about booking on a childminding course or starting the registration process.
The sessions will be held virtually so you will need to have access to a laptop/computer with internet access.
- dates to be confirmed soon
If you are interested in attending, please complete our online enquiry form. and indicate that you would like to attend the information session. We will then send you an email containing a link to the meeting via Microsoft Teams.
Registering with Ofsted
- Early Years Register: covering children from birth up to the 31st August following their fifth birthday
- Childcare Register:
- compulsory part – covering children from the end of the early years stage until they reach the age of eight
- voluntary part – covering children over eight years of age.
Please see the Quick Guide to registering as a childminder
Please follow the Ofsted online application process: registering to become a childminder.
Additional support and advice
For further advice and guidance and a range of model policies and templates to help meet the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS please visit our Providers page.
You may also find these one minute safeguarding guides useful: Safeguarding one minute guides
Advice and guidance and a range of material and tools to help you meet the Learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
If you would like to become a Devon childminder, or would like some advice, please contact us via our online enquiry form.