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Thinking of becoming a childminder?

Thinking of becoming a childminder?

Do you want to:

  • Look after children?
  • Care for them in your own home?
  • Help children learn and develop? 

Being a registered childminder can be a rewarding career giving you the opportunity to be self-employed. You will work in partnership with parents and/or carers to promote the learning and development of children you care for.

As an Early Years Practitioner you will have telephone and email support from an Early Years Adviser. Once you're a registered childminder there are further professional development opportunities.

If you would like to attend the training sessions detailed below or want further information about becoming a childminder contact the early years and childcare team:


If you're interested, you will need to come along to a pre registration briefing we'll:

  • Give you an overview of what childminding will entail
  • Talk you through the registration process 

The next pre registration briefing session will take place at Shute End, Wokingham on Wednesday 7 March 2018, 7pm until 9pm.

If you'd like to attend the above pre registration briefing session contact the early years and childcare team:

After the pre registration briefing, you have a 2 weeks to decide whether you want to continue with the process.

Within a couple of weeks, the course administrator, Julie Sargeant, will write to you asking if you want proceed with the training courses.

If you do, you'll need to confirm your place and attend 8 pre registration training sessions. These sessions will give you the information you need to help you prepare to become a childminder.

We run courses in spring and autumn.

Spring 2018 training course dates

The dates for the spring training course are below:

  • Session 1: Wednesday 25 April, 7pm to 9.30pm, Room FF11 Civic Offices Shute End
  • Session 2: Wednesday 2 May, 7pm to 9.30pm, Room FF11 Civic Offices Shute End
  • Session 3: Wednesday 9 May, 7pm to 9.30pm, Room FF11 Civic Offices Shute End
  • Session 4: Wednesday 16 May, 7pm to 9.30pm, Room FF11 Civic Offices Shute End 
  • Session 5: Wednesday 23 May, 7pm to 9.30pm, Room FF11 Civic Offices Shute End
  • Session 6: Wednesday 6 June, 7pm to 9.30pm, Room FF11 Civic Offices Shute End
  • Session 7: Wednesday 13 June, 7pm to 9.30pm, Room FF11 Civic Offices Shute End
  • Session 8 Wednesday 11 November, 9.30am to 3.30pm, venue to be confirmed

If you're thinking of becoming a childminder there are costs that you need to think about.

The below list is a guide, it is not a definitive list. There may be other costs associated with your childminding business that are not listed here.

  • Pre registration course - £200
  • Ofsted initial registration - £35 (September 2014)
  • Early years register - £35 (September 2014)
  • Car insurance for business use
  • Food safety training - £18
  • First aid training - from £80 (renew every 3 years)
  • First aid equipment - from £5 to £34
  • Enhanced DBS check - £44 for a childminder and any person living in the household over 16 year of age (£14 annual renewal)
  • GP health check - £35 to £100
  • Public liability insurance - £40 per year
  • Membership to childcare organisations (optional)
  • Home safety equipment
  • Adaptions to home and garden
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Recently there have been childcare needs that haven't been met at the following schools

  • Colleton Primary School
  • Coombes CE Primary School
  • Emmbrook Infant School
  • Emmbrook Junior School
  • Evendon Primary School
  • Floreat Montague Park Primary School
  • Grazeley Parochial CE Aided Primary
  • Wheatfield Primary School
  • Windmill Primary School

If you can drop off and/or collecting from one of these schools, make sure the school is listed on your directory profile, once you become an Ofsted registered childminder.

You can find further advice about becoming a childminder below:


Exempt from registering with Ofsted

If a child carer provides care where a child does not stay with them for more than two hours a day, even if the childcare service is open for longer than two hours then the provider is not required to register with Ofsted. For further information please read the Early years and childcare registration handbook available for download on the Gov.uk website.

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