How to Become a Childminder

How to Become a Childminder

Becoming a Childminder is a highly rewarding career and can be an incredibly fulfilling business opportunity, but you need to be determined and highly driven as there is a lot of preparation involved in setting up a childminding business.
Here are some top tips that we recommend for starting your own Childminding business:

Get your paperwork completed:
Running any business comes with various paperwork that has to be completed and kept up to date, this is no different when becoming a childminder! Ensuring you have the right experience, qualifications and are legally able to pursue this role is one of the first steps you should take. Register with the inspectorate body: To be a childminder you will need to register with Ofsted, their role is to make sure that your organisation provides the correct education, training, and care and that the children are provided with a safe and nurturing environment that young children need in their early years.

Stay up to date: Although it may not seem it, an important part of being a childminder is completing sometimes large amounts of paperwork on the job. After a busy day, you may not be in the mood to complete this but you need to make sure you stay on top of it… you never know when you might have an inspection. Make sure to show that you are clear on the children’s starting points so you can show the progress that they make. It is important that you know what is involved and how your career will progress before committing to this role, and it might be a good idea to have some child care qualifications to help you develop the skills you need to become a childminder.

The Learning Station offers the Level 3 Childminding Course which is a necessary course to become a childminder. They’ll support you throughout the course, here are some points on how this works:

  • To begin you will have a course induction over the telephone.
  • You’ll be allocated an assessor who will put together an assessment plan.
  • Then you will begin your coursework on the online learning system.
  • Along the way, your assessor will support you and give you feedback.
  • At the end of the course, an assessor will come out to your workplace to carry out observations.

The minimum learner's age for this course is 16 years old, and although the Level 3 Childming Course does not require you to have a work placement, it is recommended that you seek some experience in this role either paid or voluntary. Doing so will provide you with crucial knowledge, skills, and personal attributes that employers and parents look for when hiring.

Being a childminder is a fantastic career choice and one that many parents rely on… If this is something you would be interested in we recommend you contact a member of staff at The Learning Station who will be able to guide you on which course is best for your situation. They can be contacted on 0208 342 7210 or you can visit us online at