Thinking about becoming a childminder?

As a registered Childminder you will look after one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of two hours a day, in your own home, for payment.

You will work to various legal requirements, and be inspected by Ofsted to make sure you provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that you care for.

You will usually be self-employed and running your own business. Hours are flexible and you can choose to work full or part time depending on your own family commitments.

Although everyday will be different, a typical day may include:

  • Arranging fun and stimulating learning activities, such as
    dressing up, creative play and reading
  • Taking children to and from school, nursery or clubs
  • Visiting a park, museum, library or playgroup
  • Providing meals and snacks for the children, involving them in food preparation and menu choices
  • Attending your local Children's Centre, playgroup or tots group to support the children in your care to gain confidence around other children

How do I become a Registered childminder in Wakefield?

Step by Step Guide:

  1. Contact Wakefield Families Information Service on 0800 587 8042, who will send you a pack about childminding
  2. Attend a childminding briefing session - this will give the basic information on how to become a childminder
  3. Attend Wakefield Childminding Training course. The course takes three days and is run over three weeks. The course covers the following information to support your application to become a childminder;
    • welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework

    • children's development and learning

    • safeguarding children and child protection

    • managing children's behaviour

    • marketing and business basics

    • Risk Assessment

    • observation, assessment and planning

  4. A further three training sessions will be offered once you have completed the registration process and include; Business planning, Observation, Assessment and Planning and The Two Year Old Progress Check.
    A charge of £245 is made to attend ALL the training and support courses detailed in 3,4,5 above.
  5. Attend a Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene Course
  6. Complete paperwork required by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  7. Prepare for your Ofsted Inspection Visit.

Contact us

Early Years

Room 41
County Hall
Wakefield
WF1 2QW

01924 305665