Contact your local council’s family information service for help with your application and to find out about pre-registration training courses and other courses like first aid.
Apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the Ofsted portal.
Join the DBS update service and agree to Ofsted checking your DBS certificate at least every 6 months. If you haven’t joined the service 19 days after getting your first certificate, you must get a new one.
Fill in and submit a health declaration booklet if you’re applying as a childminder on the Early Years Register, working directly with children, or a manager in charge of the day-to-day running of childcare on domestic premises.
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|
Childcare providers on domestic or non-domestic premises pay a reduced fee of £35 for the Early Years Register if they work for less than 3 hours a day, or less than 5 days a week, or less than 45 weeks a year.
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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