Register as a childminder

You must register with Ofsted or a childminder agency to look after children in your home. There’s a list of childminder agencies you can register with.

If you’re looking after children in their own home, you should register with Ofsted as a nanny or au pair instead.

Registering as a childminder with Ofsted

You will need:

Ofsted will reject your application if you do not have the correct documents.

Checks on other people in your home

You must tell Ofsted about new adults in the home where childcare takes place. This applies if they:

  • move in
  • start working there

This includes a child of yours already living in the home who turns 16.

If anyone aged 16 or over lives with you or works in your home regularly, they’ll need to get an enhanced DBS check with barred lists.

The type of check they get depends on their role. For example, your partner would need to get a different check from someone who works in your home, such as a cleaner.

They’ll also need to get a certificate of good character from an embassy if they’ve lived abroad in the last 5 years.

If you’re helping someone else with their application

Data protection regulations mean we cannot share information about an application status with anyone except the childminder.

How much it costs

It usually costs £35 to register with Ofsted. This fee is not refundable.

Find out about other costs.

How long it takes

It usually takes up to 12 weeks to process your application.

Register online

It should take you about 30 minutes to fill in the form.

Register as a childminder