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Becoming a childminder

Ofsted have produced a quick guide to registering as a childminder.

Register with Ofsted

You need to register with Ofsted before you can look after children from birth to 8 years old.

To work with children from birth to 5 you must also:

  • complete a childminding training course
  • attend an approved 12 hour paediatric first aid and safeguarding training course.

For more information and to find out all about becoming a childminder visit childcare jobs Dorset.

Becoming a home childcarer

A home childcarer (sometimes known as a nanny or au pair) provides care for children from birth up to age 18 at the home of the children. The children must be from no more than 2 families at any 1 time. Nannies and au pairs are examples of home childcarers.

You can apply to the voluntary part of the Childcare Register. If you join the register voluntarily, you’ll get a certificate, and the parents of the children you care for may be able to get other types of support including help with childcare costs.

You’ll need to pay a registration fee and annual fee, and you can be inspected by an Ofsted.

Not everyone can become a childminder or childcarer

Some things can disqualify you from registering as a childminder or childcarer, please see the Ofsted website for registration exemptions.