Register as a childminder (Northern Ireland)

Contact your local Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT) to apply for registration as a childminder, or to provide day care services.

You must register to look after children:

  • under 12 for more than 2 hours a day
  • you’re not related to
  • in a private home
  • if you’re running any type of day care service that’s not charging money, such as a playscheme or out-of-school club

All the adults living or working at the home where you’re based must also register.

You don’t have to register to do babysitting.

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Before you start

Download ‘The Children Order: a guide to help you with registration’ (PDF, 54KB)’

What happens next

Once you’ve submitted your application the HSCT will:

  • ask you to attend an information session
  • check your references
  • carry out checks on you with your doctor, your council and the Criminal Disclosure Service
  • do checks on anyone else who will be living or working at the home
  • inspect the home

Getting your registration

If you’re approved, you will receive a certificate that shows you’re a registered childminder. This usually takes between 2 and 3 months.

Displaying your certificate

You must keep your certificate of registration - or a copy of it - where it can be easily seen.

Fines and penalties

If you don’t register as a childminder, you can be fined £5,000, sent to prison, or both.