Setting up as a Childcare Provider

How to become a registered childminder

Childminders are either registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency and are professional child carers who work in their own homes caring for children from other families.

Who registers and inspects childminders?

Childminders are registered and inspected by Ofsted or a childminder agency to ensure the registered person and their home meets requirements. Anyone working or living on the premises must apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service Check to ensure they do not have a criminal record that may affect the care of the children.

Do I need to have qualifications?

Although you don’t need to have formal qualifications, you need to be able to understand English to a level 3 standard. "Childminders must have completed training which helps them to understand and implement the EYFS before they can register with Ofsted or an agency" (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, March 2014). You must also obtain a Paediatric First Aid qualification prior to registration.

What is the process and how long does it take?

These are the steps you need to take to register as a Childminder in Bradford. More information is given at the Initial Information Session.

  1. Book onto an information session through Workforce Development and read the information pack. If you have any questions, please ring and speak to a Quality Support Officer on Bradford 01274 431813 or Shipley/Keighley 01535 618644.
  2. Attend free Information Session - 2 hours
  3. Decide if childminding is for you. If you need training to help you register, Bradford Council's course is Unit 79 - Understand How to Set Up a Home Based Childcare Service 
  4. Attend 12 hour Paediatric First Aid Course
  5. Receive 1:1 support visit from Quality Support Officer. This visit will cover preparing for your registration visit and applying for registration.

Bradford Council runs a range of courses appropriate for practitioners working in the Early Years, Childcare and Play sector.

Please contact our Workforce Development Service

Please note that costs apply for all training.

This process can take between 4 and 6 months. The gaps between the training sessions give you the opportunity to prepare your paperwork for registration, to risk assess your home, to develop your marketing, to write policies and procedures and to prepare your equipment/activities.

The next step is to register with Ofsted or a childminder agency and this takes approximately 12 weeks. You should plan to complete the registration process as soon as possible and within a year of attending the information session. Support may be withdrawn if you delay the process.

For more information visit the how to become a Childminder page.

Setting up a Day Nursery, Pre-school or Out of School Care

Contact a Sufficiency Officer - these people can help and support you:

Teresa Barrowclough - 01274 431031,

Kay Holden - 01274 435289,

Diane Lupton - 01535 618260.

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