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There are so many exciting options for you to choose from and we are here to help you to make the right career choices and provide you with all of the information and support you may need.

The main sectors employing people to work with children are education, social work and childcare and early years; but there are many other professions where, once qualified, it is possible to specialise in working with or for children.  For example; Paediatrician, Lawyer, Counsellor, Psychologist, Nurse, even Librarian. There are also many volunteering opportunities that may help you to gain experience and find out what you enjoy.  For more information:

What to consider before committing to a career in childminding?

  • Do I enjoy looking after children?
  • Can I offer children a happy and stimulating environment, with sufficient toys and equipment to meet their needs?
  • What hours am I prepared to work? What effect will this have on my own family?
  • What age group would I like to work with?
  • How do my spouse/partner and my own children feel about me looking after other children?
  • Do I feel capable of respecting the individual needs of children who have different family, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to my own?
  • Will I be able to get on with parents and share information about their children?
  • Am I prepared to commit towards my professional development as a childminder?
  • Am I clear on respecting families confidentiality?
  • Do all family members aged 16 or over understand they must complete an Enhanced DBS disclosure?
  • Am I competent in English and Maths? If not our Adult and Community Learning courses may be able to help you. 

Registering as a childminder

If you want to be paid to look after children under eight, you may need to register with Ofsted. Visit our Registration information pages to find out everything you need to know about pre-registration training, how to register and further training for registered childminders. 

Setting up sessional and full day care

Full day care

Care provided at any time (day or night) for children under eight on premises other than domestic premises for more than a total of two hours a day.

  • Day care providers must be registered with Ofsted.
  • You must normally register on the Ofsted Early Years Register if you want to care for children from birth to five.
  • You must register on the compulsory part of the Childcare Register if you want to care for children from five to seven.

Sessional day care

Normally take children for sessions lasting less than 3 hours in length per day.

  • Sessional day care includes the following types of provision: pre school playgroup and out of school provision for school aged children.
  • You will still need to apply to join the early years register as 'childcare on non-domestic premises' (the same category as full day care), if you are caring for children within the early years foundation stage, however the annual registration fee will be less.

If you are looking to set up day care within the Dudley borough you can contact the childcare strategy team or for further information and support on 01384 812862.

Useful websites for those considering work in Early Years / Childminding

The childcare strategy team also offer a Safeguarding and Welfare training programme for the childcare workforce in Dudley.

If you would like to find out more about career options:

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Local training providers

Completing a qualification will help you to understand more about your role, improve confidence in your knowledge and skills and increase job satisfaction.  

We recognise that being properly trained and qualified is probably more important today than it has ever been and there is a direct correlation between higher qualifications and better outcomes for children. 

Our local colleges and training providers:

Please contact your chosen provider to find out more about individual courses, costs, support provided plus careers advice.


National and local funding opportunities to support qualifications provided by training providers change regularly. 

If you are currently working, or volunteering on a regular basis, in a registered childcare setting within the Dudley borough, and are interested in undertaking a relevant qualification, you are advised to contact your training provider to discuss funding opportunities.

If the training provider cannot support you with finance you may wish to consider student loans.  Alternatively:

  • If you are looking to set up care within Dudley borough please contact us on: 

    Telephone: 01384 812862