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How can I become a childminder?

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Childminders are professional child care providers who are licensed in the United Kingdom to provide care for up to six children in their own homes. Becoming a childminder requires training, registration and regular inspections.

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  1. Get the required training

    The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years sets out the training required of childminders in England and Wales. Training must include guidance on establishing a safe and healthy child care service, working with parents and developing routines and activities. A fully-accredited childminder must earn the level-three diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce; the initial childminder training is part of the requirements for that diploma.

  2. Apply to become a childminder

    Attend a pre-registration briefing session held by the local Family Information Service. In most areas, the initial training must be completed before you register, although the application may be accepted if you are currently attending the training. Fill out the application, and pay the registration fee.

  3. Undergo a background check and interview

    You and anyone else living in your home over the age of 16 must have a criminal background check done by the Criminal Records Bureau. In addition, your home must be inspected, and you must undergo a personal interview for suitability as a childminder.

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