Bournemouth Council

Becoming a Childminder or Setting up A Childcare Business

Information to help you start a childcare business in Bournemouth

Becoming a Childminder

To become a registered childminder in Bournemouth you need to register with Ofsted before you can look after children from birth to eight years old.

For more information on becoming a childminder in Bournemouth you can book onto our briefing session or arrange a home visit from one of the Early Years Development Team.

There is a £15* charge for the briefing session, which must be paid for at least two weeks in advance of the session. 

We also offer a personalised briefing session at your home for £25*. Both sessions cover all aspects of becoming a childminder. With a home visit, you also have the benefit of a professional highlighting the potential and appeal of your business premises for prospective parents and their children. The home visit must be completed within six weeks of payment.

*Please note that once payment has been received, booking charges for both the briefing session and home visit are non-refundable.

Please also read our Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook

The registration process and training requirements for a prospective childminder planning to work with children from birth to five in Bournemouth is:

You can also download the factsheet which provides further information on setting up your new childcare business.

You could get a childcare business grant to help with the costs of setting up a childminder business or agency (CMA).

What can prevent you from becoming a childminder?

Some things can disqualify you from registering as a childminder or childcarer.  These relate not just to you but also to people you live with.  If you live with someone who is disqualified or live in the same household where a disqualified person is employed then this means that you are also disqualified.

You can find a full list of the things that could disqualify you from becoming a childminder working at home in the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009.  This list is also included in the guidance notes on the application forms to register: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/1547/contents/made

Becoming a Home Childcarer

A home childcarer is a person providing care for children from birth up to the age of 18 at the home of one of the children. The children must be from no more than two families at any one time. Nannies and au pairs are the common example of home childcarers.

You can apply to the Voluntary part of the Childcare Register.  Information of how to apply can be found on page 24 of the Early years and childcare registration handbook

If you join the register voluntarily you’ll get a certificate, and the parents of the children you care for may be able to get other types of support including help with childcare costs.

This guidance will also explain what qualifications and training is required. You’ll need to pay the registration fee and annual fee, and you can be inspected by an Ofsted.

Setting up a day nursery or pre-school

To set up a new nursery or pre-school you will need to register with Ofsted before you can look after children from birth to eight years of age.

The registration process and training requirements for a prospective childcare business planning to care for children from birth to five can be found in the Ofsted Guide to Registering on the Early Years and Childcare Register.

For a fee of £50 you can arrange a two hour consultation from an Early Years Quality Development Officer who will be able to offer further advice and guidance. Please call 01202 456392 for further information or to book.

You can also download the factsheet which provides further information on setting up your new childcare business.

What can prevent you from becoming a childcarer?

Some things can disqualify you from registering as a childcarer.  These relate not just to you but also to people you live with.  If you live with someone who is disqualified or live in the same household where a disqualified person is employed then this means that you are also disqualified.

You can find a full list of the things that could disqualify you from becoming a childcarer working at home in the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009. This list is also included in the guidance notes on the application forms to register: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/1547/contents/made

Useful early years websites

We have put together a list of useful websites which may be helpful.

                                                                                                                                                            

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