Want to be a Childminder?

Families Childminding and Registration

Registered childminders are over 18 years of age and are self-employed. They provide care, play and learning opportunities for children under 8 years of age within their home, for more than 2 hours per day. All childminders work within the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS).

Anyone who would like to become a registered childminder must first complete a childminders training course. The local authorities early help team deliver the One Awards College Level 3, Childcare Home Practitioner, Preparing for Childminding course. Additional training is required in: paediatric first aid, safeguarding children and food hygiene that can be accessed through the early help team.

To secure a place on the local authority childminder training course or if you are interested in finding out more, there are advisory sessions about childminding as a career.
The sessions explore childminding as a business opportunity, give details of the training course and fees involved and deliver a mandatory Ofsted presentation, all prospective childminders are required to attend the Ofsted presentation before starting the Level 3 training. Places are limited on each training course, unfortunately we cannot guarantee that all childminder applicants will be successful.

Families Information Service (FIS) Support to Childminders

The FIS maintains a database of all the registered childcare providers, including childminders based in the Redcar & Cleveland area. When a parent or carer contacts FIS looking for a childminder, a search of the database is carried out to match the parent or carers needs to current childminder vacancies.
Childminders who match the familys needs are contacted and the FIS team ask for permission to pass on the childminders details to the parent or carer. This is a way of introducing potential new business to childminders across the Borough.

The FIS team has a close working relationship with childminders in Redcar & Cleveland, and regularly keeps in touch with childminders to keep records current, for example details of vacancies, opening hours, costs and school pick-ups. The FIS team maintain a training directory for all practitioners across the Borough, and coordinates the training and development available to all childminders.

Childminder Start up Support

This on-going professional support is available to help you learn the skills you need to become a registered childminder and to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The initial advisory session and further compulsory 60 hour training course, can be delivered by the local authority childminder coordinators.

Training and Other Costs

The Childcare Home Practitioner course costs £250 and includes; ( which can be paid either in two instalments or we can organise a payment plan with the individual to pay the amount over a longer period of time.) 13 half-day training sessions, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, course papers and hand-outs. Importantly, it also includes a pre-registration visit to offer advice to prepare you for your Ofsted registration visit including support before your full Ofsted inspection from the childminder support officers.
In addition to this course fee (which can be paid in two instalments), attendees are also required to pay for:

  • Food hygiene £40.00 (depending on numbers and paid on the day)
  • 12 hour Paediatric First Aid £55 (paid to Council on day of training)
  • College registration fee (One Awards College) £25
Please note, the above training costs do not include: £35 Ofsted registration fee, payment to your GP for a medical certificate, public lability Insurance and your DBS check (formerly known as a CRB check); the cost is approximately £52 for every person over 16 years old living in the household. The Ofsted fee and public liability insurance need to be renewed annually. Details of all of these costs and when each element is payable, will be given at the initial Childminder Advisory session.*

HMRC give advice and information about being self-employed, there is a free of charge short on-line training course tailored specifically for newly registered childminders, the course is called "Starting in Business". Follow this link to begin your learning: www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/ncma/index.html

*Please note that these costs are correct at the time of writing, but may be subject to change.

How do I find out more?

If you would like more information on becoming a registered Childminder, call the Families Information Service (FIS) on free-phone 0800 073 8800 today details of the next introductory course and an information pack..
Or email: fis@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

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