Become a childminder: pre-registration briefing

This is a presentation of the pre-registration briefing for childminders.

Applies to England


Pre-registration briefing for those wishing to become childminders

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Local authorities can use this briefing for people who are interested in becoming childminders.

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Published 3 September 2014
Last updated 16 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated slide 45, 'How many children can I care for?'.

  2. Updated slide 15, 'Certificates and forms' to include a completed paediatric first aid certificate.

  3. Updated page 2 with a link to information on inspection arrangements.

  4. Updated slides 29 and 42 following improvements to the online registration forms.

  5. Added additional slide clarifying which types of DBS check Ofsted can accept when registering.

  6. Updated presentation with information about our new pilot childminder registration service (see new slide 28) and minor changes to slides 15, 41 and 42.

  7. Clarified slide 18 (training requirements).

  8. Updated presentation text and format throughout for readability (no policy changes).

  9. Change to slide 19: Ofsted strongly recommends signing up to the DBS update service, but this is no longer mandatory.

  10. Updated for use from October 2015.

  11. First published.