Becoming a childminder

What is a childminder?

If you are paid or rewarded to look after one or more children under the age of eight, for more than a total of two hours a day in a domestic setting (normally your own home) then you must register as a childminder with Ofsted. There is a separate Early Years Register if you are looking after children under five.


  • must be 18 years or older
  • are usually self-employed
  • can work with other childminders and assistants
  • can spend up to 50% of their time running childcare from non-domestic premises

Read our guidance for potential childminders to see if you would like to apply.

How to apply

To apply to be an Ofsted registered childminder, you need to:

  • complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for yourself and anyone aged 16 or over who is regularly in your home
  • fill in Ofsted’s health declaration booklet
  • complete training which helps you to understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • complete paediatric first aid training
  • give details of two referees
  • have suitable premises and equipment for looking after children

You may also need to meet other requirements once you are running your business such as:

  • fire safety 
  • planning permission and building control
  • data protection

Training for childminders

When you're registered

When you have registered as a childminder, you can advertise your services on our online directory