This can vary slightly from Borough to Borough as they all have different systems
in place. We would therefore recommend that you contact your local Children’s Information
Service or the Childminding Development Officer for your area.
The number for the CIS in Bromley is 020 8464 0276
Most Boroughs organise a pre-registration briefing session. These can be held evenings,
daytime or even weekends. The presentations will cover the registration and inspection
process and the support available to you. You will receive a copy of the National
Standards and Guidance books from Ofsted and a pack of information.
Discuss with other members of your household the impact this may have on them. If
any are over 16 discuss if they have any previous convictions that may affect the
Read through the National Standards and Guidance Documents.
Complete a pre-registration course. This is normally the NCMA/CACHE ‘Introduction
to Childcare practice (Home-based)’ ICP although sometimes Boroughs deliver their
own in house version. Most pre registration courses are 12-14 hours long and are
often available daytime, evenings and weekends.
Complete a 12 hour Infant and Child resuscitation Course. It is important that you
book this through your Borough to ensure the course meets Ofsted requirements.
You may be able to attend additional training such as workshops on Meeting the National
Standards and Policies and Portfolios
Complete application form and send to Ofsted
Complete Medical Declaration and take to GP for confirmation
Complete CRB checks for yourself and anyone in the household who is 16 years and
older, and await inspection visit
Prepare home for Inspection visit
Inspection by Ofsted
Request Start up Grant Funding (Some boroughs offer a grant whilst others offer free
Receive CRB Clearances
Receive Certificate of registration from Ofsted
Contact Children’s Information Service to advertise vacancies
Contact Inland Revenue to advise them you are now self employed
How much will it cost me?
Pre-registration Training £0-£60 This can vary from borough
First Aid £43 Sometimes offered
free or discounted
Ofsted Registration Fee £18
Doctors fee to complete declaration £0- £75 (varies)
Any additional resources/equipment you may require to meet the National Standards
What other help is available?
Some boroughs also offer a Support Childminder Scheme. Every prospective Childminder
is allocated a specially trained Support Childminder to help them through the registration
process and for their first year of working. They can help with filling in forms,
building a portfolio, marketing ideas and how to develop routines etc.
Why might I be refused registration?
Ofsted can refuse to register someone as a Childminder if
They feel s/he is unable to meet the National Standards
CRB checks for prospective Childminder or household member are not suitable (criminal
offence against child etc)
The property is unsuitable for Childminding
The prospective Childminder has been disqualified from working with children (can
apply for a consent to waive disqualification. See Ofsted website for further details)
HOW TO BECOME A CHILDMINDER
Frequently Asked Questions
I am only planning on caring for my grandchild. My daughter needs me to be Registered
so she can claim the Childcare Element of the Working Tax Credit. Do I need to do
all these courses?
Yes, Ofsted can only register you if you meet all the criteria laid out in the National
Standards. Once Registered Ofsted have no idea of the children you mind, so they
need to be sure if you were to mind another child, other than your grandchild, that
you meet the Standards.
I already have a CRB check. Do I need to do another?
Check your CRB clearance. Providing it was obtained within the last three years and
is enhanced then no you will not be required to complete another one. However anyone
in the home over 16 will still need to do one.
Do not send your CRB clearance to Ofsted. Write the number on your application form
and keep the clearance document to show the Inspector when they call.
I completed my ICP several months ago but have not received my certificate?
Pre 2006, the ICP was assignment based. There can be a delay of several months before
certificates are received from CACHE as the assignments have to go through several
stages of verification. Please contact Orpington College if you are concerned regarding
I have a Level 3 Qualification in Childcare, do I still need to do the ICP?
Yes, Ofsted require all new childminders complete a pre-registration training course.
This ensures that your knowledge is up to date and includes Child protection, running
your own business etc.