Becoming a registered childminder

If you are a parent or carer looking for a childminder, please see our Family Information Service pages

Registered childminders are professional childcarers who work in their own homes to provide care and education for other people's children.  They are not the same as nannies or at home childcarers who look after children at the home of the child. You can find more information about this on our At Home Childcarer page.

From September 2014 there may be two ways to register as a childminder.  You can either register with Ofsted, or contact a Childminder Agency. At present there are no Childminder Agencies in Brighton and Hove. Information about how to register is explained below.

If you think that childminding is for you, a good starting point is to have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 13kb] .

As a newly registering childcare provider you may be eligible for a Childcare Business Grant.  



Baby and parent

Doing a bit of research

It is important to find out if there is a need for a new childminding business in your area or the type of childcare service you could offer families to help attract them to you. Looking at the Family Information Service Directory is a useful way to find out what childcare provision is already in your area.


How do I start the registration process?

If you think you are interested in becoming a childminder in Brighton & Hove you can come to a pre-registration briefing session where you can hear all about the registration process and what's involved running a childminding business.

Complete this online application form to apply and pay for a session. There is a non refundable fee of £10 to attend (£20 if working outside of Brighton & Hove). Times are 9.30 am to 11.30 am and available dates are:

North Portslade Children's Centre

Monday 22 September 2014 and Monday 10th November 2014.

Tarner Children's Centre

​Friday 26th September 2014 and Friday 14th November 2014

If you have any further questions regarding the pre-registration briefing sessions, please contact Graham Slaughter on (01273) 296108.

You can read our childminding Pre-Registration Briefing Pack [PDF 67KB] which takes you through the basic information you need to register. This is all discussed at the pre-registration briefing session, and a brief outline of requirements is listed below. If you choose to register with a Childminder Agency, you must contact them as their registration process may vary.  If you choose to register with Ofsted, you need to:

Apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service check for yourself and anyone else over the age of 16 living or working at your premises, and join the DBS update service within 19 calendar days of the date your DBS certificate is issued.

Meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory guidance. All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident their child will receive a quality experience that supports their care, learning and development.

Complete training which helps you to understand and implement the EYFS before you can register.  We recommend you complete the City Early Years and Childcare e-learning childcare training course 'Understand how to set up a home-based childcare service'. Alternatively, from September 2014, you can complete a course of your choice, providing it has suitable content that covers the EYFS.

Download the revised EYFS guidance from the Department for Education  web site.

Complete a paediatric first aid course before registration. Until September 2014 this must be a Local Authority approved training course. From September 2014 providers can choose which organisation they wish to provide the training (preferably one with a nationally approved and accredited first aid qualification or one that is a member of a trade body with an approval and monitoring scheme) but the training must cover the course content as for St. John Ambulance or Red Cross paediatric first aid training and be renewed every three years. City Early Years and Childcare will be offering a 12 hour paediatric first aid training course from September 2014 for a charge of £100.

Next steps to registering as a childminder

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