Working in childcare

There are lots of different careers and roles in childcare. You could become a teaching assistant, an early years practitioner, a childminder, or you might like to volunteer.

Childcare setting
Careers in childcare briefing session

Find out about the different pathways and jobs in childcare and the qualifications involved with our Careers in childcare briefing session.

During the session, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and we can also support you in taking the next step in your career.

Book onto the Careers in childcare briefing session

Becoming a childminder

If you're interested in becoming a childminder, before registering with Ofsted you must:

  • attend the childminder briefing session and
  • complete the training course and paediatric first aid course.

Childminder briefing session

At this online session, you will learn about the:

  • process of registering as a childminder with Ofsted
  • factors you need to consider when thinking about childminding - for example, resources, health and safety, diet and nutrition
  • range of advice and support available from our early years quality team

You will also be given details about the 12-hour paediatric first aid course you need to complete.

Book onto the Childminder briefing session 

Setting up home-based childcare training course

As part of this 8-week course, each week you will attend a 3-hour online session to cover topics including:

  • introduction to childminding
  • safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS
  • safeguarding theory 
  • learning and development requirements of the EYFS
  • observation, assessment and development opportunities 
  • business planning and marketing your business
  • planning for your registration visit.

To register your interest, email

Page last updated: 01 Mar 2024