Support and useful resources
Find information on support groups, our buddy scheme and useful resources for childcare providers.
Childminder support groups
Our childminder support groups provide a space to discuss any childminding related issues or concerns and are usually held in our children's centres. Please contact the relevant centre for more information.
The buddy scheme is a support programme for new childminders who are ready to apply for their registration to Ofsted.
A 'buddy' is an experienced childminder who, having successfully completed a training and assessment programme, provides advice on what to expect at the Ofsted registration visit and how to prepare for it.
Once registration has been completed, a buddy can also offer support and advice on being a self-employed childminder.
If you are interested in becoming a buddy, email Zelda Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01895 277180.