How to become a registered Childminder


What training do I need?


Ofsted specifies you need to have completed before applying:-


  • Childminder Pre-registration Training*
  • Paediatric First Aid Training** (this must be 12 hours, a one day course is not adequate)


At the bottom of the page there are links to suggested training


Declarations and DBS


Ofsted also requiries you to have completed the following:-


  • Complete a Health Declaration booklet and take it to your GP prior to submitting your online application to Ofsted


  • Make sure each person connected with your application completes a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application form


  • Each person connected with your application must have received their completed DBS check and registered with the DBS update service prior to applying to Ofsted. You can not apply without one.




  • Complete an online form, including:
  • Your consent for Ofsted to carry out checks
  • A declaration of anything that might prevent you from caring for children


Check that the Childminder training course you choose will support you through the above process.


The Cost


  • Childminder pre-registation training* - various
  • DBS checks - £53 per person aged 16 or over who is connected with the application
  • Paediatric First Aid** - £75 upwards
  • Health Declaration - Check with your GP, we have known some to complete this for free and others to charge £180!
  • Public Liability Insurance specifically for Childminders*** -   £55 upwards
  • Home/Car Insurance – Check with your current insurance provider, some will automatically cover Childminding Services and therefore need to be added often at additional cost.
  • Safety Equipment. – Smoke alarms, Fire blanket and First aid kit.
  • Toys and Equipment – Remembering ages and stages of the children you intend to care for including buggy, cots etc.
  • Remember the cost of any adjustments you may need to make to your home and garden to make it safe.




*Pre-Registration Homebased Childcare Training

Being an Ofsted Registered childminder is a rewarding career.  It especially suits people who wish to return to work but would be prefer to be homebased with hours to suit them.

If this is of interest to you Fig Childcare Training offer a Pre-Registration Homebased Childcare Course (PHC) which can be completed over 3 Saturdays. Our next course will be starting on Saturday 20th January 2018 - Please visit our wesite for further details -


Free Evening Childminder Briefing Session

Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 7pm (please contact us to confirm)

At the United Reform Church, Widmore Road, Bromley (Next to the main entrance to Boots) 

If you are unsure, would like to find out more or would just like to meet us, Fig Childcare Training would like to invite you to a FREE evening briefing meeting where we will discuss the process that you will need to go through to reach this goal as a childcare professional. We have been supporting childminders, prospective and experienced, for many years.

This meeting will enable you to make an informed decision before you commit to taking on something that you may not feel able to complete.  You can ask questions and put any concerns you may have to rest.

We run these informal meetings during the evening and they are around 1 to 1 ½ hours.   There is no obligation to continue with our Pre-Registration Homebased Childcare (PHC) course.

Among the many topics covered are:

The Registration Process


Course content

Enrolment process

Please remember to reserve your place by emailing or call 020 8289 7061 You can also contact us via our website and use the contact form. If you make an enquiry via email please check your junk folders for our replies as they are sometime put there by your email provider.


**Paediatric First Aid


***Childminder Public Liability Insurance


Childcare Business Grant Scheme

Important News -


Grants now available for new childcare businesses




To contact us at the BCMA please email:

or for training requirements  or consultation





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