Becoming a childminder in County Durham

Childminding is a rewarding career which can fit well with family commitments. As a childminder you will be self employed and running a small business from your own home. You can be flexible with the hours you work and the ages of children you care for.

As a childminder you will:

  • Be registered with Ofsted and will be expected to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Provide a happy and stimulating environment to support children’s learning and development
  • Safeguard the welfare of children

What does a childminder do?

A childminders work involves caring for children within the childminders own home environment. This could be throughout the day with babies and children under the age of five years, after school and in the school holidays with children of many different ages. As a childminder you will work to the Early Years Foundation Stage and will be registered by and inspected by Ofsted.

You will be able to offer children a wide variety of opportunities, within your home and other environments to support and enhance their learning and development.

Opportunities could include:

  • Visiting a park, museum, library or toddler group.
  • Arranging fun, stimulating learning activities such as dressing up, creative and messy play, reading and rhymes, exploring cultural events.
  • Providing meals and snacks, involving children in food preparation and menu choices.
  • Taking children to and from nursery, school and extra activity clubs.

How do I become a childminder?

You are required to attend a Durham Local Authority pre-registration course. This course lasts for six weeks and costs £180. You will also be required to attend a twelve hour Paediatric First Aid course, the cost to be met by yourself.

You can find a copy of our pre-registration guide and current training schedule below:

If you need further information please call 03000 266 820 or email's How to register as a childminder or nanny: quick guide explains how to register, what you need and what it costs.

When is registration not required?

To find out when registration is not required, visit's page Become a registered early years or childcare provider in England.

Pre-registration course - Spring 2019 

The dates of our next Pre Registration programme for new childminders are:

  • Briefing session: Thursday 14 March 2019 from 9.30am – 12noon.
  • Course: Monday 25 - Friday 29 March 2019 from 9.30am – 3.00pm.

The venue for all sessions is:

Durham Leadership Centre
Enterprise Way
County Durham
DL16 6YP

To register a place on our next information session on How to become a childminder; please complete our childminder pre-registration course - expression of interest form.

Who to contact

Contact position
Childminder Pre/Post Registration
03000 266 820
03000 268 917

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