Shropshire Council

Becoming a registered childminder

  • Would you like to work from your own home, choosing the hours you work and the services you provide in a career where no two days are the same?
  • Could you provide a home environment that is safe and stimulating, providing lots of opportunities for children to play, explore and develop?
  • Can you offer childcare provision which is professional, flexible and able to meet the needs of individual families?

If so, becoming a registered childminder may be for you!

Anyone who looks after one or more children under the age of eight in England, to whom they're not related, on domestic premises, for reward, and for a total of more than two hours in any day must register as a childminder.

Working in childcare is extremely rewarding and worthwhile, and is a professional career which provides children and their families with much needed and valued services. However, starting a childminding business isn't child's play. As with any business, there are a number of regulations which you'll have to meet before you can open your doors to children. As a registered childminder you may be able to access government funding to provide childcare for some two, three and four year olds.

Childminders are registered and inspected by Ofsted, the governing body. In addition, you'll be expected to comply with other legislation such as registering your business with HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs).

HMRC now offers online training packages and webinars to support newly registered and existing childminders with their responsibilities relating to self-employment. Use the following links to access materials:

The Education Improvement Service can provide information, support and guidance to help you with all aspects of becoming an Ofsted-registered childminder, in addition to a range of training to help you understand and implement the requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted Childcare Registers.

To access these courses please contact the CPD team on 01743 254570, email earlyyearscpd@shropshire.gov.uk or visit the CPD pages on the Shropshire Learning Gateway.