Here are details of the compulsory training required for registering Childminders in England.  

The EYFS guidelines for childcarers state that first aid training must: cater for practitioners caring for children in the absence of their parents; be a minimum of 12 hours; cover what to include in a first aid kit for babies and children; demonstrate resuscitation techniques using models of babies and children, and give practitioners a chance to practise on models of each age group and include how to record accidents and incidents appropriately.

Paediatric First Aid training must be completed before applying to register with Ofsted. There are various organisations who offer Paediatric First Aid training so please ensure whoever you train with, are nationally approved and accredited. This training has to be renewed every three years and costs approx. £120.

For Brighton & Hove residents, book our training here.

Prior to registering with Osted, you are required to complete training that helps you understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and that gives you the very best foundations for a successful career as a registered childminder. Our EYC subsidised e-learning is a level 3 award and covers every aspect of being a registered childminder. This training can be undertaken elsewhere however must be an Ofsted recognised training that enables you to gain a good understanding of implementing the EYFS and be equivalent to a minimum Level 2 qualification.

Course information: 

This course is only available to Brighton & Hove residents and those who have attended a pre-registration briefing in Brighton & Hove. It is an e-learning course that comprises 5 modules. It covers all the requirements of the EYFS necessary for registration plus extra information that will help you build a high quality and sustainable childminding business. Each module has a multiple-choice knowledge quiz at the end which you need to pass in order to print off your certificate for that module. Once you have completed all 5 modules, you will be able to print off your Childminder Introductory Training Certificate, which you will need to show to Ofsted or your childminder agency. There are no assignments or requirements for written tests to pass this course. Each module is likely to take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

What the course covers: 

  • Understanding and Working with the EYFS: A step by step journey through the EYFS which explains how the requirements should be implemented in a childminding setting.
  • Recording Children’s Development: includes observing and assessing children and planning next steps, linking observations to the areas and aspects of learning and characteristics of effective learning.
  • Safeguarding Children: introduces the relevant documentation you need to know about and covers how to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and how to record and refer concerns. It also covers information about Prevent Duty, Female Genital Mutilation, Child Sexual Exploitation.
  • Developing Children’s Learning: information to help you understand and support children’s learning. There are 3 main topics: Child Development, Equality diversity and inclusion and Play.
  • Leading and Managing a Childminding Setting: business aspects and practical issues of running a successful childminding business, including information about how best to market your business, how to comply with tax and insurance requirements.

Cost and application

This e-learning course is available at a subsidised rate of £30. It is paid to Brighton & Hove City Council with a credit or debit card. To apply use the online application booking form and secure payment system. Once the application and payment has been received, you will be contacted with log-in details and you can then access the elearning course at your own pace and at convenient times to suit.

Other training that registering childminders can complete includes: 

Safeguarding training 

This course is for staff and volunteers working in all Early Years settings and Childminders. During the session you will gain a basic understanding of your role in establishing a safe environment and safe working practices in protecting children and young people from harm and abuse. You will gain confidence handling concerns and disclosures, learn the signs and symptoms of abuse, gain knowledge about the legal background of child protection and discuss the multi-agency approach to safeguarding. It is expected that delegates will refresh this training every three years.

PREVENT Duty and British Values training 

This course will cover supporting children’s positive identity, strengthening relationships with families and communities and building children’s resilience against future extremism through developing the skills of tolerance and challenge. The course will also look at what British Values are and how we fulfil the requirement of promoting British Values in the Early Years.

This is an e-learning course that can be started at anytime. I will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete (depending on learning speed) The system will record your progress throughout. so you can come and go as you wish.This course will cover childcare Health & Safety law; accident classification & reporting; risks and risk assessment; environment hazards; play & play equipment hazards; manual handling; iInfection prevention & control. EYC training - food safety and hygiene level 2