A childminder is a person who looks after one or more children for more then a total of two hours a day in their own home, for reward.
From September 2012 before you apply to Ofsted to be registered as a childminder, you must complete local authority approved training. This includes a pre-registration course as well as first aid and food hygiene courses. Hampshire County Council’s approved pre-registration course is the PACEY CYPOP5 course which covers all of the basics of starting a childminding business (see How do I start?).
From September 2012 until March 2014, Hampshire’s chosen approved first aid provider is St Johns Ambulance.
Food Hygiene courses are available in Hampshire on line as an E –Learning package and newly registered Childminders should complete this within 6 months of registration and prior to their first Ofsted grading visit.
This course is available as an e-learning course and takes about 2 hours to complete.
The Food Standards Agency has developed a Childminders pack for registered childminders or childcarers on domestic premises, who provide meals and drinks for the children in their care and who now have to register with the local district council.
This pack is called ‘Safer food, better business for childminders’, and enables childminders to meet regulations with as little paperwork as possible.
To obtain a free copy of this pack, please contact the food standards publications line on 0845 606 0667 or by email at email@example.com or alternatively to view the pack:
For more information about working as a childminder contact the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) on 0845 200 3890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. PACEY will explain the process to you, and book you onto the pre-registration course.
Please see information and guidance on the support available from PACEY - http://hantschildminding.wordpress.com/become-a-childminder
You can look after up to six children under the age of eight (including your own). Of these, no more than three children can be under the age of five and no more then one child can be under one year old. The space available in your home will affect the number of children you can be registered to look after. You may be able to look after more children if you hire an assistant.
There may be certain circumstances where you don't need to be regsistered as a childminder, for example if you are looking after a friends child(ren).
Please note, this guide gives general information only. It is not a complete statement of the law.