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We offer a comprehensive training package to support you through your training and professional career as a childminder.

The childcare register has two parts; a compulsory and a voluntary part. You may choose to join the voluntary part of the register if you are caring for children:

  • in the home of one of the children (aged from birth to 17 years old)
  • aged 8 - 17 years
  • aged from birth to under eight years old in provision that is exempt from compulsory registration, e.g. sports coaching.

Pre-registration childminding

It is an Ofsted requirement that childminders complete an initial pre-registration training workshop.  Our comprehensive training package will support you in meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Guidance. The training will prepare you for your initial Ofsted registration visit, and your career as a childminder.

There is a charge for the Childminding: Is it for me? workshop of £10 per person for Dudley borough residents.  Please note if you are 16-29 you may be eligible for funding to support you registering as a childminder. 

Please use our online enquiry form to book your place on the training workshop or email us with any enquiries to

Current training workshop dates:

Thursday 20 September. 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Tuesday 15 January. 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Tuesday 14 May. 6.30pm - 9.00pm

All of our pre-registration training sessions are held at Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, Dudley. DY2 9LY.

You may also need to complete the following courses:   

Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)

You may be required to complete the following course if you have no childcare qualifications.

PACEY is a charity dedicated to supporting everyone working in childcare and early years to provide high quality care and early learning for children and families.

To register with Pacey and complete their 'Preparing to Work in Home-based Childcare' course.

The required online units for completion are:

NCFE CACHE Unit 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Care
NCFE CACHE Unit 2 Preparing to Set Up a Home based Childcare Business.
You have up to 6 months to complete the course at a cost of £238.80. You can apply for a time extension at a further cost of £114 if required.

Childminding UK

Alternatively you can access the online introductory training modules with Childminding UK.

  • This is an introductory training course at a level 3 standard. Each module has a multiple-choice knowledge test at the end which you are required to pass.
  • The course consists of 5 modules and is CPD Accredited and Ofsted recognised.

The five modules are:

  1. Understanding and working with the EYFS
  2. Recording Children's Development
  3. Safeguarding Children
  4. Developing Children's Learning
  5. Leading and managing a Childminding Setting

You have up to 1 year to complete the course at a cost of £100.

Mandatory pre-registration short courses

Following or during completion of the PACEY units or the online Childminding UK course you also need to attend the following training courses to meet the legal requirements before registration:

  • Next Steps (2 ½ hours)
  • Paediatric First Aid (12 hours)
  • Child Protection Foundation (2 ½ hours)
  • Level 2 Full Food Safety (6 hours)
  • Workshop to Raise Awareness of the Prevent Duty (WRAP) (2 hours)
  • Introduction to the EYFS Learning and Development (2 ½ hours)
  • Preparing for your Ofsted Registration (2 ½ hours)

Course fees apply


Essential documents for childminding

The following documents are essential to delivering a childminding service:

Registering as a childminder

If you work in your own home caring for children under eight for more than two hours per day in return for payment you must register as a childminder with Ofsted.  If you act as a childminder without being registered, it could lead to prosecution and an unlimited fine.

You will need to provide your certificate issued by our team to prove the completion of your pre-registration training to Ofsted. Please notify us when you have completed your training so we can issue this.

We would also like to advise you that the registration process can be lengthy, Ofsted aim to register childminders within 12 weeks of receipt of the application form, and the current application fee is £35 for those wishing to join all three registers.

Does everyone who looks after children need to be on the register?

No. You do not need to register as a childminder if you: 

  • are the parent or relative of the child you are looking after; or you have parental responsibility for the child
  • are a local authority foster parent in relation to the child
  • are a foster parent with whom a child has been placed by a voluntary organisation
  • foster a child privately
  • only look after the child between the hours of 6pm and 2am

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

If you want to become a childminder anyone in your household, aged 16 or over, and anyone involved with your childminding business will need to complete a DBS check prior to you applying to Ofsted.  You MUST apply for your DBS directly through the Ofsted website to ensure they will accept it. 

Please be aware that if any member of your household has a previous conviction, they may appear on the ‘barred’ list; which may mean you are unable to register as a childminder.  If you are not sure whether you need to register, you can ring Ofsted's helpline on 0300 123 1231 for more information.