Becoming a childminder

A career in home-based care and becoming a Childminder can be very rewarding, whatever your background or age.

There will always be demand for good quality home-based care to support early education for young children. A career in early years could be for you if you:

  • love being around children
  • are committed to give them the best possible start in life.

You'll need a range of skills and qualities to support children's learning and development such as:

  • passion and enthusiasm
  • lots of patience
  • a flexible approach
  • creativity
  • lots of energy
  • a good sense of humour
  • committed to foster a love of learning in children.

There are plenty of opportunities to train and work towards professional qualifications to further enhance your career path.

Following the Spring 2023 Budget, a government grant is now available for new childminder registrations.


  • provide a home from home environment to care for children
  • enjoy flexible working and a good work life balance, meeting the needs of their own family
  • develop a fulfilling career, caring and meeting the needs of children with opportunities to gain professional qualifications
  • are self-employed and run their own business choosing the hours they wish to work.

For further details book your place on the Information briefing session on Eventbrite.

All childminders and those over the age of 16 living or working on the premises will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

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