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advice and help on services for families in Walsall.

Information for childminders

As a childminder you not only have to consider the care of the children you look after, you also have to think about the legal side as you are running your own business. This page contains link to sites we think are useful to help make your business a success. If you are thinking of registering as a childminder, please visit our Becoming a childminder page.


Childminder Mentors 

The number of registered childminders in Walsall has been steadily declining; we would like to reverse the trend by providing Childminder Mentors to support new childminders through the process as we increase places to meet the expected demand for 30 hour places. Walsall has secured funding from the DfE to achieve this but we need your help!

Childminder Mentors Leaflet 


Ofsted Information

As a childminder you are registered and inspected by Ofsted. The links below offer guidance and help relating specifically to Ofsted.

Conducting Ofsted early years and childcare inspections

Self evaluation form and guidance

Evaluation schedule for inspection of registered early years provision

Information regarding Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB)

Preparing for your Ofsted registration

Preparing for your Ofsted inspection

Ofsted example of good practice


Useful information

Information and guidance for childminders can be found at The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY):

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found at:

The non-statutory guidance ‘Development  Matters in the EYFS’ can be found at:

Guidance and support around the 2 year old progress check can be found at:

For Information and advice regarding Safeguarding, access the Walsall Local Sfeguarding Children Board website at:         

For information and support regarding early years and childcare. Access the Pre-School Learning Alliance website:                    


Support from Walsall Early Years

Walsall Early Years will offer support to your setting. Please visit the Improvement Team page to find out more. You can also download a variety of factsheets by visiting the Improvement resources page.

To update your details, including your vacancies and costs, access the Walsall FIS Provider Portal.

To book on training please visit the Courses page.


Tax and National Insurance information

How to register as a Childminder or Nanny quick guide