Support and guidance for Ofsted registered and registering Childminders

Support for registered and registering Childminders

This web page contains information to help meet the requirements of Ofsted, the Early Years Foundation Stage and local authority regulations.

There is advice on how to write your childminding documents and policies along with lots of other useful information. You can download templates and planning sheets. We've also included all the important links to other websites to support your childminding practice.

Becoming a registered childminder

Training for childminders

As a registered early years provider you can access these courses and book online. Remember that you need to renew your Paediatric First Aid every three years. As we know it is difficult for childminders to attend courses during the day, we have invested in e-learning courses for childminders which can be completed anytime.


Ofsted produces registration requirements for childminders, publications, guidance and advice. The Early Years Inspection Handbook is the guidance on inspecting Early Years Providers. Ofsted must be notified of any significant changes to your setting or registration. To receive email notifications of new publications you can register here for updates Ofsted has also launched a facebook page for childminders.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Early Years Free Entitlement

Quality Improvement Schemes

Guidelines to writing policies - this guidance will tell you why you need policies, what should be included and some helpful templates for parental consent forms and emergency permission slips.

Getting your childminding documents organised

Safeguarding and keeping children safe

Complaints procedures

Building your partnership with parents

Planning sheets

Progress check at age two

Health and Safety

Providing food - advice on good practise

Working with others

Looking for childcare?

If you are looking for a childminder please see the Family Information Service pages.

More information and ways to contact us

Here is a list of useful telephone numbers for childminders in Brighton and Hove.

Childminding Team

Annette Barnard, Development Officer, 01273 293523

Early Years Team email:

Finance Team / Early Years Free Entitlement

Jenny Perrin, Early Years Finance Manager, 01273 293670

Jordan Kaleta Free Entitlement Childcare Support Officer 01273 293585

Workforce Development

Theo Mountford, Early Years Childcare Workforce Development / Training, 01273 294664

Zoe Cox,  Early Years Childcare Workforce Development Recruitment and Business Officer 01273 294139

Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS)

BHISS is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families through schools and other educational settings. For advice, information and support for SEND , 01273 294944

Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) 

EMAS is a team of specialist teachers, teaching assistants, bilingual liaison workers and home school liaison workers who supports children who have English as an additional language. They work with pre-school, primary and secondary aged children, in their own early years settings and/or schools. For advice and support to settings with bilingual children 01273 292521

Planning Department

Support and guidance when increasing number of children 01273 292222


Front Door For Families (FDFF) 01273 290400

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) 01273 295643

 Other Useful links

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