Become A Childminder

How you can become a childminder or home childcarer

Ofsted have produced a quick guide to registering as a childminder or nanny. 

Register with Ofsted

In Bournemouth you need to register with Ofsted before you can look after children from birth to eight years old.

To work with children from birth to five in Bournemouth you must also:

Book a briefing session or home visit

Book onto a briefing session or arrange a home visit from one of the Early Years Development Team to find out all about becoming a childminder in Bournemouth.

It costs £15* to join a briefing session, which must be paid for at least two weeks before the session. 

Or you could book a personalised briefing session at your home for £25*. The home visit offers the added 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.

Help with set-up costs

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

Becoming a home childcarer

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

You can apply to the voluntary part of the Childcare Register. 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.

You’ll need to pay a registration fee and annual fee, and you can be inspected by an Ofsted.

Not everyone can become a childminder or childcarer

Some things can disqualify you from registering as a childminder or childcarer:  

  • if you've been barred from working with children
  • if you live in the same home as someone who is disqualified
  • if you've been refused registration in the past

See the guidance notes on the registration application forms for the full list of things that can disqualify you 

Find out more

You can also download our factsheet for further information about setting up your new childcare business and read the Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook

Useful early years websites

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

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