Becoming a registered childminder

Book a place on the next pre-registration information briefing

Come along and find out all you need to know about childminding at one of our 2 hour pre-registration information briefings: 

  • Wednesday 5th February, 10am to 12 noon, Hove Town Hall
  • Thursday 5th March, 6pm to 8pm, Hove Town Hall 

It is essential to book a place as numbers are limited. To apply please complete our Childminder Pre-registration briefing form

What is childminding?

If you are looking to provide care and learning opportunities for children, to whom you are not related, in your own home, for more than 2 hours per day, for reward, then you must register with Ofsted as a childminder.

The registration process is in place to ensure that people looking to become childminders, have a certain level of skills, knowledge and competency to fulfil the role.

How to become a registered childminder

If you are interested in becoming a registered Childminder in Brighton & Hove, please come along to our pre-registration briefing which will give you all the information you need to help you decide if it is right for you and all the guidance, handbooks and advice to get started.

What skills / qualifications do I need to become a childminder?

This list gives a good overview of the responsibilities of the role of a childminder. If you feel you have these skills, experience or are eager to learn, then come along and we can guide you through the Ofsted registration training requirements.

  • Advertising - to market and advertise your own business
  • Book keeping - essential skills to ensure ongoing records such as attendance registers, learning records, accounts, policies and procedures, risk assessments etc are maintained and regularly updated
  • Communication skills - to liase with parents, other professionals and the children
  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - knowledge of the play based curriculum to support children in meeting Early Learning Goals and  being able to evidence this
  • Health and safety - good understanding to ensure a safe and healthy environment for children to play and learn
  • Quality Childcare knowledge - to meet each individual child's welfare needs
  • Nutrition - children must be offered nutritional balance all day
  • Safeguarding - training will be offered to support childminders to keep up-to-date with local and national advice and information regarding keeping children safe
  • Training - to ensure your continued professional development, childminders must attend regular training in the evenings or at weekends;
  • Working with others - childminders will be supporting the provision of the 30 hours free childcare and must building working relationships with other settings, the local community and parents to ensure children’s experiences.

Looking for a childminder

If you are a parent or carer looking for a Childminder in Brighton & Hove please see Family Information Service for Childminders and childcare in your area .


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