Registering as a Childminder
If you would like to have a rewarding career, be your own boss,
run your business from home and make a real difference to
children's lives, then being a registered childminder might be just
the job for you.
As a registered Childminder you
- Offer the children you care for a happy and inspirational
- See the children that you care for grow and develop.
- Work in your home, choosing the hours you work and the services
- Have a career where no two days are the same.
- Care for your own children at the same time if you have a
- Meet other childminders in your area and get to know your local
- Opportunity to work towards QCF Level 3 Diploma.
You will need the following
- An understanding of how children learn and develop or a desire
- Commitment to professional development by attending on-going
- Ability to work in partnership with parents/carers and other
- Ability to run your own business by keeping good records to
ensure its viability
Local Support from the Professional
Association for Childcare and Early Years
Contact: 07734 734142 / 07834
The local PACEY will be there to advise and support you through
your childminding career. PACEY is committed to improving the
quality of childcare and will carry out home visits to help you
meet Ofsted requirements. You will be assigned a named PACEY
Development Worker who will be ready to help you should you need
it. PACEY also provides a range of free training face to face
or e-learning for a small
Is there a need?
You will need to do your own market research
to see whether there is a need for childminders in your area.
Contact the Family Information Service or the Bedford PACEY team to
see if there is a need for childminders in your area. Some
parts of Bedford Borough are already served by established
childminders whereas some areas have very few registered
Before you can
You will need to attend a Pre-Registration
Information Session. Contact the Bedford PACEY team for an
information pack and details of these sessions. In addition,
childminders in England and Wales need to complete training
recognised by their local authority before they register
with Ofsted. The training should include a local
authority approved pre-registration course, and 12-hour paediatric
first-aid training. The Bedford PACEY team will provide
information on this when you attend the Pre-Registration
Information Session. Paediatric first-aid training and relevant
costs can be found on BTAC’s training pages or by calling 01234
Enhanced CRB Check
Now called the Disclosure and Barring service
(DBS documents known as DBS from 1 December 2012). All
Childminders and anyone living in their house over the age of 16
need to have an enhanced CRB disclosure/DBS before becoming a
childminder. Previous convictions that may stop you being a
childminder include assault charges, GBH or drug related crimes or
offences against children. The DBS check will cost £44.
Start up Costs
Items in bold are statutory and need to be
paid for before registration.
Costs current as at 12 August 2016.
Ofsted Registration Fee
£35 initial cost, thereafter annually
£5 - £95 depending on doctor (doctors set their
Induction Training: e-learning
Paediatric First Aid course
£68 - £100 depending on provider
Additional costs after registration:
Public Liability Insurance
£50 - £60 annually
PACEY Membership (offered jointly with Public Liability
Equipment and Resources
£200 to start
Professional Development courses (CPD)
Start form £20 - ongoing cost
Public liability insurance may be sourced elsewhere and may be
PACEY membership is desirable, but optional
Please contact PACEY for costs
You may be eligible for a Childcare Business
Grant. For more
information about these start up grants, please click here.
Being Self Employed
The Jobs Hub can provide workshops and support
for people exploring setting up their own business – visit www.bedford.gov.uk/jobshub.
Careers Advice and support at The Jobs
Opening Hours are: Monday to Friday 9:30am -
Bedford MK40 1HJ
Centre Number: 01234 223510
Join your professional
Joining PACEY is the best way to demonstrate
your commitment to your childminding career. As a member of the
largest and longest established professional association for
home-based child carers, you can be sure of getting the support,
advice, training, backing and information you need.
For more general information on Childminding
please visit www.pacey.org.uk/