How to start the process

To become a registered childminder in the Royal Borough of Kingston or London Borough of Richmond you will need to complete the following three phases:

  • Stage 1 Briefing
  • Stage 2 Briefing ( including if applicable: Literacy Assessment, enrolment onto Preparing to Work in Homebased Childcare course)
  • Mandatory training (more details below)

You can book onto the stage 1 and 2 briefing sessions of your choice using the online form at the bottom of the page.

If you do not live in either Kingston or Richmond borough you should contact your own local authority for advice on becoming a childminder. However, we do welcome out of borough attendees if they would like to book onto our briefing sessions.

Before progressing with childminding as a career option you need to consider the following:

You need to take into consideration the time it will take to complete all of the mandatory training and preparation work required before you will be able to start working. This may be several months.

Setting up your childminding business will incur necessary financial commitments for example:

  • Training course between £200 - £400
  • Paediatric First Aid between £80 - £120
  • Health Declaration between £20 - £80  (approx)

You may be able to apply for the Childcare Business Grant from the Department for Education:

Childcare Business Grants

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey) has launched Business Smart, which is a collection of ideas, inspiration and tools to help new and existing childminders in England develop a sustainable business.

Business Smart for Childminders

Childminding is an excellent way to work from home that incorporates the care of your own children however you need to consider the implications to your family.

Running your own business and maintaining good records will mean allocating time to completing the necessary paperwork (outside of time working with the children).

  • All childminders must be able to show a good level of language and literacy skills (paragraph 3.25 of The Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage).
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage sets out the legal requirements relating to learning and development and safeguarding and welfare that all Ofsted registered Early Years providers are required to implement. All registered childcare providers must have regard for this document.

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Sept 2014 (opens a pdf)

This session will last up to 2 hours and will be held in the evening.

This session will look at:

  • The different options for registration, Ofsted or Childminder Agency
  • The role of the regulatory bodies including who needs to register and why.
  • The requirements for registration and how Ofsted or Childminder Agency will decide if you are suitable to register as a childminder.
  • The legal requirements for registration.
  • The specific requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare as set out in The Statutory Framework for the EYFS.
  • The maximum number of children a registered childminder may look after.
  • An outline of the options available for training.

This session will last up to 4 hours (including the literacy test for those who choose to take this) and will be held during the daytime.

It will provide you with more information on:

  • The Statutory Framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • Current legislation.
  • How to prepare for your registration visit.
  • A recap of the options available for training.

If you decide to enrol on the course 'CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Homebased Childcare (QCF)', delivered by Achieving for Children Workforce Development, you will be required to pass a Literacy Assessment.

This is a hand written assessment and takes about one hour to complete and will be offered at the end of the stage 2 briefing. If you pass this you may enrol on the course immediately after the test.

Childminders are required to complete the following training prior to registration:

  • Paediatric First Aid training
  • Training which helps you to understand and implement the EYFS, if you do not already have training /qualifications in the EYFS that is current.

The Childminding Briefing Sessions are free. It is advised that you attend both stage 1 and 2 briefings before progressing with registration.

To book a place on Stage 1 and Stage 2 Childminding Briefing Sessions, please use our Childminding Briefing Sessions booking form where you will find the next briefing dates.

Book a Childminding Briefing Session (opens an external link)

Once you have submitted this form you will receive a reference number and your details will be logged on our system. Please note you will not receive any further written confirmation of dates booked.

Briefing sessions are held at either:

  • Twickenham Training centre, 53 Grimwood Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BY (Please note: There is no parking in Grimwood Road) or
  • King Charles Centre, Hollyfield Road, Surbiton, KT5 9AL

It is not practical for babies and children to attend the sessions.

If you have any queries about becoming a childminder, please contact:

Email: early.years@achievingforchildren.org.uk