Becoming a childminder

If you are interested in becoming a childminder, find out what you need to do.

Registered childminders

  • look after one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of two hours a day in their own home for payment
  • are inspected by Ofsted to ensure they provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that they care for
  • are usually self-employed and run their own business.

How do I become a childminder?

What happens next?

If your application is successful you will be invited to a pre-registration briefing session where you will find out more information on:

  • Ofsted - the government department responsible for registering and inspecting childminders in England
  • applying to register as a childminder on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register
  • self employment


After you have attended the briefing session, you will need to complete the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare.

  • The course can be delivered in a face-to-face setting over a number of sessions.¬†Brent Childcare Development & Business Support Officers deliver the course. This tutor-led course costs around ¬£175. This price includes VAT and all registration and assessment charges. You can apply to join this course following the briefing session. You will need to book and attend a separate first aid course and fees apply.