Becoming a registered childminder
Find out about our pre-registration childminding information sessions and the skills needed to become a childminder.
Everything you need to know about Childminding in just 2 hours
If you're interested in becoming a registered Childminder in Brighton & Hove, please come along to our pre-registration information briefing which will give you all the information you need to help you decide if childminding is for you.
We'll give you all the guidance, handbooks and advice to get you started.
Dates of our next pre-registration information briefings:
Each session is 2 hours long. We are currently holding these sessions virtually/online.
It is essential to pre-book a place because numbers are limited.
- Wednesday 8 September, 10am to midday
To apply, please complete our Childminder pre-registration information briefing booking form.
What childminding is
If you're 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.
Ofsted have a registration process in place for becoming a childminder to ensure that people looking to become childminders are suitable people, have suitable premises and a certain level of skills, knowledge and competency to fulfil the role.
What skills / qualifications you 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 qualities, skills and experience and/or eager to learn, then please do come along and we can guide you through the required Ofsted pre-registration training.
- 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
Find a childminder
If you're a parent or carer looking for a Childminder in Brighton & Hove, please see Family Information Service for Childminders and childcare in your area .