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Childminders are registered to look after one or more children to whom they are not related, for reward.  Childminders work with no more than two other childminders or assistants.
Mother and child

They care for:

  • children on domestic premises that are not usually the home of one of the children unless they care for children from more than two families wholly or mainly in the homes of the families
  • at least one individual child for a total of more than two hours in any day. This is not necessarily a continuous period of time.

How to become a childminder

father and daughter

To become a registered childminder you will be required to register with the regulatory body Ofsted. As part of the registration process you will be required to complete the following:

  • Ofsted briefing session
  • First Aid course
  • Introduction to Childcare Practice course (CYPOP5)
  • Visit by an Ofsted inspector to check the suitability of your premises
  • Criminal Records Bureau Check
  • Health declaration

If you are interested in becoming a childminder, please click here for further information on childminder courses.

For further information you can contact Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) on 0845 688 4944 or familyinfo@buckscc.gov.uk 

Supporting you

Nursery playtime

Buckinghamshire childminders are supported by Early Years and Childcare Service (EYCS) and the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). Together we provide the support you need to work as a childminder in Buckinghamshire. As a registered childminder you will have access to our Bucks Buddy Scheme - an experienced childminder who is part of the scheme will be nominated as your Buddy to help you as you go through the registration process and up to a year after you become registered.