Register as a childminder or childcare provider (England)
3. How to apply
Contact your local council to find out which training courses you’ll need to do.
Apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the Ofsted portal.
Fill in and submit a health declaration booklet if you’re applying as a childminder on the Early Years Register or working directly with children.
You must pay a fee to be registered.
It’s free to join the Childcare Register if you’re already on or applying to the Early Years Register.
|Type of childcare||Early Years Register||Childcare Register (compulsory or voluntary)||Both registers|
|Home childcarer||-||£103 (voluntary only)||-|
|Childcare on domestic or non-domestic premises||£220||£114||£220|
If you only provide childcare on non-domestic premises, you’ll have to pay the fee for each premises you provide childcare on.
Get help and advice
Contact your local council if you have any questions about becoming a childcare provider.
Contact Ofsted if you have any questions about the application process.
Telephone: 0300 123 1231
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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