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Becoming a childminder or nanny

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.

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.

Childcare business sustainability and sufficiency

Please see our useful guide and tools for local childcare providers to assist with your childcare business. 

Becoming a home childcarer (sometimes known as a nanny or au pair)

A home childcarer provides care for children from birth up to age 18 at the home of the children. The children must be from no more than two families at any one 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.

Useful early years websites

We have put together a list of useful websites which may be helpful.