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How to become a childminder

Becoming a Registered Childminder in Buckinghamshire

If you love children and want to give them the best start; if you would like to have a rewarding career, be your own boss and run your business from home... then being a registered childminder might be just the profession for you!

2018-2019 Ofsted Briefing & Introduction to Childminding Course dates

A quick guide to registering as a childminder

The benefits of being a childminder

  • Be self-employed, working in your own home, choosing the hours you work and the services you provide
  • 1_mother_and_child.jpgHave a career where no two days are the same.
  • Care for your own children at the same time if you have a family
  • Offer the children you care for a happy and stimulating environment.
  • Provide early years education and watch the children develop
  • Meet other childminders in your area and get to know your local community.

Is there a need for childminders within Buckinghamshire?

We advise that you do some research as to the need for more childcare in your area; some areas are well serviced while other areas need more provision.  Buckinghamshire County Council’s Sufficiency Assessment will help you to see what provision is currently in your area.  Information can also be found at Buckinghamshire Family Information Service

Ofsted registration

Ofsted registration and Registration Course information


Costs to consider to set up as a childminder

Further support once registered

Further support available to childminders once registered with Ofsted

What qualities are needed to be a good childminder?

  • An understanding of how children learn, develop and how their individual needs can be met
  • An ability to work in partnership with parents/carers and other professional agencies in order to meet the child’s needs.
  • An ability to run your own business by keeping good records to ensure that you meet the Ofsted registration requirements and your business’ viability
  • A commitment to professional development, which will include attending on-going training, mostly in the evening
  • Good understanding and use of English to ensure the well-being of the children in your care.

The typical day of a childminder

When you're working with small children, no two days will be the same, but a childminder's typical day is likely to include:

  • Cooking with and for the children, providing learning experiences and healthy, nutritious meals and snacks
  • Creative play, reading, visiting the park, library, planning exciting play and learning experiences.
  • Taking children to and from nursery, school, or their other activities and clubs
  • Networking with other childcare and education professionals in the area, working together to support children's learning and development.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Once you are a registered childminder, there is an expectation that you will join the Buckinghamshire County Council Directory of Approved Funded Entitlement Childcare Providers.  This enables you to  provide funded places for 2,3 and 4 year olds. For more information, please contact your Quality Improvement Partner.

As a registered childminder you will be self-employed and must register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) within three months of starting work.  HMRC have produced an e-learning package with tax advice for childminders, which you can work through at your own pace. They have also created a ready reckoner to help you budget for your first tax bill, and a range of free record keeping apps.

If you provide food for the children you care for, you need to think about food hygiene as it is your responsibility to make sure that the food you provide is fit to eat.  There is more information available on the Foods Standards Agency website.  New data sharing arrangements between Ofsted and the Food Standards Agency means that Ofsted will share relevant childminders registration data with Local Authority food teams.  Childminders who are already registered with Ofsted are no longer required to register as a food business with their local authority.

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