What is a Childminder?

Registered childminders are professional child carers who work in their own homes to provide care and education for other people's children for reward, financial or otherwise. They are registered and inspected by OFSTED.

Registered childminders are self-employed and are responsible for their own tax and National Insurance. 

Why should I consider becoming a Childminder?

Childminding is a rewarding career, and provides opportunities for developing new skills and qualifications.

Childminding provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to children’s development and learning
  • Run your own business
  • Work from home
  • Provide a valuable service for your local community
  • Develop new skills and qualifications
  • Offer Early Education Entitlement

Skills required to become a Childminder

The Childminder will be registered with and inspected by Ofsted to ensure that they are able to meet the requirements for care and education as described in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and Ofsted’s Compulsory Childcare Register Requirements. The Childminder must provide high quality childcare, within a safe, stimulating and engaging environment. Childminders are responsible for planning and preparing a variety of play based activities and experiences which are relevant to children’s age and stage of development. They must complete documentation as required by the Early Years Foundation Stage, Ofsted, the Inland Revenue and other organisations as required by law.

Timeframe to become a Childminder

  • The timeframe for applying to Ofsted to register as a childminder will be dependent on when you have completed all mandatory training, home safety requirements and have obtained an Enhanced DBS for yourself and everyone in your home who are 16 years or older.
  • Ofsted aims to complete a registration visit to your home, within 12 weeks of the submission of your application.

Childminder training

Childminders must have completed the following training before they can register with Ofsted or a childminder agency.

  • Understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid 
  • Level 1 – Introductory to Safeguarding Children

Once registered, childminders become the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for their setting.  The DSL is responsible for the safety and welfare of all children in the provision. The DSL must have attended Safeguarding Children training and keep their knowledge up to date.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (commonly referred to as the EYFS) is the framework for learning, for children aged birth to 5 years in England and Wales.  All early years providers including: Childminders, maintained schools, non-maintained schools and independent schools must meet the requirements of the EYFS.  The EYFS describes the requirements for children’s, learning, development, assessment and well-being.

About the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework

Costs of being a Childminder

The following should be used as a guide only as all costs are subject to change.  You will need to consider the following setup costs:

  • Ofsted Registration £35
  • Early Years Register £103
  • Health Declaration Form £40-£120
  • Third Party Liability Insurance £40-£75
  • DBS Check £50 per person, £13 yearly update
  • Gas Safety Check and Certificate £40-£65
  • Music License £96
  • Computer or Laptop £200+
  • Training Courses £300+
  • Supporting Documentation Packs £120-£130
  • Registration with the Information Commissioners Office £42
  • Learning and Development Resources £200+
  • Essential resources to make your home safe £100+
  • Additional refuse collection £389 per year

Guide for Childminder fees in Coventry

The current average cost is £4.00 per hour, per child, in Coventry. However, it is recommended that you do some market research to find out what other childminders in your area charge. This will help you to provide competitive but realistic rates. 

Finding out about the childcare market

Before becoming a childminder we strongly recommend that you conduct some market research to find out what the sufficiency need is in your local area. This can be discussed with your Local Authority Officer. You will meet some of the Local Authority Officers at the initial meeting (Contact 1).

Business Planning

In order to make your childminding business sustainable and successful it is important that you consider your business plan, please access the Business Planner to support you with this. 

Income Tax

The amount of income tax you pay will be dependent on the amount you earn.  Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have produced an online elearning package for childminders. It explains and guides you through everything you need to know to get started.  There are also some useful tips from other childminders.  You can work through the course at your own pace, at a time that suits you.  The course generally takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete. However, you don’t need to do it all in one go.

Coventry Early Years Team

Address: PO Box 15
Council House
Earl Street

Telephone: 024 7697 5451