Early Years Education and Childcare - Information for Childcare Providers

Becoming a Childminder

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Childminders are childcare professionals, who look after one or more children for more than a total of two hours a day in their own homes for reward.  They offer a flexible, quality service for parents and their children.

The demand for childminding services is now increasing and in order to meet the needs of parents and to offer parents a choice of child care services we are looking to recruit more childminders who are flexible in meeting the needs of children and families. 

As a registered childminder you would be self-employed and need to, comply with Ofsted registration requirements, complete background checks and meet minimum legal standards.

Support and training

Local authority support and training is offered to prospective childminders throughout the registration process.  The support and training offered by the Early Years Advisory team will equip prospective childminders with the right skills to be a successful childminder offering a quality home from home setting for children and families.

What you need to do to become a childminder

Before you apply to Ofsted to be registered as a childminder, you must have an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and hold a suitable Paediatric First Aid certificate. You can choose which training provider you go to, however the course/s you undertake must meet the requirements as stated in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The local authority offer all prospective and registered early years providers the opportunity to subscribe to the 'Early years training programme' where you can access a variety of training courses from both local and national trainers, including mandatory first-aid training.

Details on how to subscribe will be provided at the initial fully funded 'Early Years Foundation Stage' training sessions which are offered throughout the year. To find out when and where to access our next available course, please visit our Learning and Development pages by clicking here.

Food hygiene

It is good practice for newly registered childminders to complete a suitable food hygiene course as soon as possible after registration and prior to their first Ofsted inspection visit.  Food hygiene courses are available to Isle of Wight childminder practitioners as an E-learning package through the 'Training Subscription scheme'.

Childminders who choose not to join the training subscription scheme will need to source an alternative food hygiene course that meets the Ofsted requirements.

The Food Standards Agency has developed a childminders pack for registered childminders or child carers on domestic premises, who provide meals and drinks for the children in their care. This pack is called 'Safer food, better business for childminders', and enables childminders to meet regulations with as little paperwork as possible.

To obtain a copy of this pack, please contact the Food Standards Agency by:

Telephone (Publications line) on 0845 606 0667 or email: foodstandards@ecgroup.co.uk.  Alternatively visit their website by clicking here.

HMRC also provide a wealth of information for prospective childminders to help you register as self-employed:

Childminding is a great career choice for those who wish to make a difference for children and families. If you are interested, please get in touch.

To find out more, get in touch with the Learning and Development team on 01983 817280 or click on the 'Contact' tab above where you can then send the service an email by using the 'Send a message to this service' tab.  Alternatively, email direct at learning.development@iow.gov.uk.