Become a childminder

How to set up a childminding business.

To work as a childminder, most people are required to register with Ofsted.

Guidance from Ofsted includes:

  • checking whether registration is required for your particular circumstances
  • things you must do before applying to register
  • when and how to apply to register
  • how much it costs.
How to register as a childminder (GOV.UK) (external link)

Further guidance about registration, training and how to meet the requirements of the EYFS is available from:

Ofstedā€™s Facebook page enables you to ask questions about registration.

You must demonstrate to Ofsted that you can meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) if you are planning to look after children under 5.

After your registration

Shortly after becoming registered, our Family Information Service (FIS) will contact you to welcome you to the sector.

They will provide details of the support and training opportunities available to you as a registered childminder, how to advertise for free on the FIS website, and how to offer funded Free Entitlement places.

Asking us for help

Our frequently asked questions document below provides further information and support on how to become a childminder.

If you still feel you need help, complete our request for support form.

Last updated:
20 March 2023
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