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 a formal planning application will not normally be required for an ancillary use of a terraced, semi-detached or detached dwelling-house by the occupier for child-minding, where up to six children are cared for at any one time (including the minder’s own children) and no outside staff are employed; so long as the use continues to be ancillary to the main use of the dwelling-house. Of the six children, a maximum of three may be young children under primary school age.

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