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Careers in childcare

Working in childcare can be very rewarding.


Becoming a childminder

First, check if you need to register as a childminder with Ofsted.

If you are interested in becoming a childminder, you must attend the following information and training sessions:

Childminder briefing session

An introduction to what is involved in registering with Ofsted as a childminder. You will be given guidance on the issues you need to consider in thinking about childminding, the process of registering with Ofsted and the range of advice and support that you can get from the Hillingdon Childcare and Early Years Service.

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These briefing sessions are held at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge.

Setting up homebased childcare (CYPOP5)

It is compulsory that childminders attend this course, which consists of ten two-and-a-half-hour sessions, covering topics which include: 

  • health and safety
  • childminding as a business
  • child protection/safeguarding
  • managing behaviour
  • working with parents
  • establishing routines
  • special needs
  • equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • diet and nutrition 
  • play, learning and development

You will also be required to complete a twelve-hour paediatric first aid course before registering with Ofsted.
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You will also find out more information about this course at the briefing session.

Business briefing session

This will provide further information on the business aspect of childminding. Applications for registration with Ofsted will be given at this final session.

More information on when to attend the Business Briefing will be given at the introduction session.

Childcare business grants

The Childcare Business Grant Scheme provides a flat rate start-up grant of £500 for new childminding businesses setting up in England. £1,000 grants are available for those that can demonstrate they have incurred additional expenses in setting their business up to provide care for disabled children. New nurseries and out of school clubs can also apply for a start-up grant of £1.000.

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