Information about becoming a childcare provider can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Contact the Families Information Service for more information:

Training for childminders

To become an Ofsted registered childminder caring for children 0-19 years, you will need to:

  • complete an appropriate childminder training course – available online through organisations such as Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) or Pre-School Learning alliance (PLA)
  • attend a 12 hour Paediatric first aid course
  • have a good knowledge of the Early Year Foundation Stage Statutory framework
  • create an appropriate home environment

Find out more about becoming a childminder

The Early Years Business Support Team offers Childminder Information Sessions, where you can find out further details about becoming a childminder. The briefings last for a couple of hours and take place approximately three times a year.

For further information contact The Early Years Business Support Team, on 0151 666 3980.

View Ofsted's guidance on becoming a childminder

You also need to be aware that although Ofsted may register you to care for up to 6 children, under Wirral planning law you are not able to care for more than 4 children, on a commercial basis within your home unless you obtain planning permission.

HMRC provides free online seminars about being a self-employed childminder.