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Becoming a childminder

Many people who want to work with children decide to do so in their own homes. This is called childminding. Registering as a childminder is a long process that will take roughly 12 months and there are a number of costs involved:

Please read this guidance before continuing 

 Is childminding right for me? (weblink) Online short briefing from PACEY (optional)


 Pre-registration training course, HBCA, with FREE learner membership from  PACEY (weblink)


 Paediatric first aid training course

 From £60.00, depending on provider

 Disclosure and Barring Service check

 From £44.00 plus annual renewal fee  (currently £13.00)

 Health declaration check

 From £35.00, depending on your doctor's  fees

 Registration on Ofsted Early Years Register


 Registration on Ofsted Childcare Register


 Professional membership such as PACEY

 From £56.00

 Example: Childminder public liability insurance 

 From £27.16


Before you consider becoming a childminder, you will need to meet the following:

  1. You “must be able to demonstrate that (you) or any assistants or employees have a sufficient grasp of English to ensure the well-being of the children in their care” (Page 20 Ofsted ‘Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook’);
  2. Everyone over the age of 16 who has regular access to your home be able to obtain a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check;
  3. You are a Walsall resident;
  4. If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord give you written permission to run a childminding business from there;
  5. If you have pets you have proof of current vaccinations, worming and flea treatments (where applicable);
  6. Once registered you are willing to maintain your registration requirements including attending training.

For more information about Ofsted’s requirements please visit their website (weblink)

If you are still thinking of becoming a childminder the first step in the process is to attend an Information Session. This will help you to more fully understand what is involved in childminding and if it is definitely the career path for you. It will go into more detailed information on the whole process of becoming a childminder and you will be given an opportunity to ask any questions that you feel necessary. 



If you decide to progress with the process you will receive a Home Safety Visit to check that your home is suitable for minding and to look at home safety (stairgates, fire-guards, plug socket covers, etc). Additionally you may need a health check from your GP (which may be at an additional cost)

For more information on childminding, please watch our video and download the case studies below.

Childminding case study 1 (PDF 178KB)

Childminding case study 2 (PDF 197KB)