How to become a childminder
To become a childminder you can either apply to register with Ofsted or join the @Home Childcare childminder agency.
Apply to register to Ofsted
You can apply to register with Ofsted by calling 0300 123 1231.
Further support is available on the GOV.UK website.
Join the childminder agency
@Home Childcare is an Ofsted registered childminder agency operating as an accredited network for childminders. The network provides an everything-under-one-roof service to individuals a childminder start-up support package and pre-registration training. They also provide on-going support and inspection services.
@Home Childcare are currently funding for any suitable person wishing to register as a childminder. @Home Childcare’s own funding covers the core pre-registration training, i.e. their Become a Childminder course. There is also some funding from Nottinghamshire County Council that can be used to remove further barriers.
You can contact @Home Childcare by calling 0115 978 3399, or visit the @Home Childcare website for more information.
The agency recently received a very positive Ofsted inspection, the full report can be viewed here: @Home Childcare Inspection Report
Some remarks from the Ofsted inspectors include:
“The strong focus on securing good quality teaching and learning are hallmarks of the agency’s work.”
“The agency is focused sharply on improving the quality of childminder’s practice.”
“Parents are equally complimentary about the quality of the childminders’ work and the impact on their child’s development.”
Please Note: There are no pre-registration packs available. Once you are registered you will receive a pack from the Families Information Service to enable you to advertise your childcare business on the Notts Help Yourself website.