Training to be a Childminder

"Childminders spoke highly of the face-to-face training provided by the agency prior to registration, both in terms of content and the way it gave them opportunities to extend their learning through discussion and sharing of ideas."

Ofsted report 2020

Start-up training to set up and run a successful home early education business

The training is in two  stages:

Stage 1: Online Information Briefing

Stage one is an online briefing providing essential information about childminding legislation, the role and responsibilities and the process of registering as an educator. 

There is a £6 fee for the information briefing. To get started, request our online information briefing by completing the enquiry form below. 

Stage 2: Start a Childminder Early Education Business Pre-registration training 

Stage 2 is the core training required to register as a childminder educator. The comprehensive training is delivered as a blended learning, a mixture of classroom training in physically distanced small groups and live online  training.  

  • The Business of Childminding
  • Understanding and implementing the EYFS requirements including safeguarding children and health and safety (blended learning)  

2. Paediatric First Aid

  • Blended learning – part 1 is online and part 2 is a practical session at our training centre
  • Includes essential emergency first aid  
  • Suitable for Ofsted registration 
  • Delivered in Nottingham only   

3. Food Safety

  • Meets the requirements of the Food Standards Agency 
  • Short online course 
  • Flexible and convenient

Course Delivery and Support 

Our Start a Childminder Early Education training is delivered as high-quality blended learning training, a mixture of face2face classroom and online training. 

We value dynamic classroom training as a good networking opportunity for prospective childminders to come together to learn new skills and knowledge, as well as sharing ideas and experience. Therefore, we have prioritised topics such as safeguarding children for classroom delivery, whilst other modules such as the new EYFS learning and development requirements, are delivered as live online training.

The difference is that our classroom training can be accessed as lived streamed. So, if you live further away can also participate in the same live classroom session via an online broadcast. Whilst, people who live within reasonable travelling distance, you can actually attend the classroom training in person at our premises in Nottingham to gain the benefits of real face-2-face learning in small groups.

It’s the best of both worlds because all guests will experience the enhanced shared learning of face-2-face classroom training, as well as physical and virtual networking opportunities from being together as a group.

Our tutors are Early Years Professionals and senior leaders with extensive occupation experience in the sector including childminding.  

All learners are issued with certificates on successful completion of the training and handout/resources are also provided.  

What childminders say about our pre-registration training: 

“I have learnt how and what I need to do to be a successful childminder.” Grace 

“The 3 days worth of training was definitely worth the effort. I learnt more than I anticipated was involved with becoming a childminder.” Irene

“I am very pleased that I am registering with @Home Childcare. They are very supportive and helped with the change of career. The training is amazing. It helped me to understand the role by hearing from the trainer’s own experiences. I am very excited about the future!” Gemma

Entry Requirements  

Becoming a childminder educator is a serious business so it is important you are adequately equipped for the role and responsibility. 

You will need:  

  • Have good levels of English and Maths 
  • Aged 18 and over (the age of 18 – 21 is preferable for childminder assistants)  
  • Be available to attend all the different days/times of the training, including live webinars, that makes up our training 


Depending on which route you choose and eligibility, the fee for the start-up training is either £99 because it is funded, or £225 because it is unfunded. Information about the eligibility conditions is provided during the enquiry stage.  

In addition, there is a £75 contribution fee towards the cost of registration. 

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If you have a question about anything, big or small, no matter what it is, we’d love to hear from you! Just press the button below, fill out the form and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as we can.

Starting a Childminder Business training is blended training again!

Something to shout about! We are returning to blended training (a mixture of in-person classroom and online) for our Starting a Childminder Early Education Business course. The training will also be delivered via live stream, an as-it-happens broadcast of the classroom training.

If you  live further away from our training centre in Nottingham, you can still participate by accessing the live stream. If you live within reasonable travelling distance, you can gain the benefits of collaborative group training by attending the course in-person.

The classroom sessions are prioritised for bigger topics such as business planning and safeguarding children delivered over 2 Saturdays between 10am – 4.30pm. Other topics, e.g. EYFS learning and development requirements, are schedule for evenings at 7pm – 8.30pm.

For more information, please contact us by completing the Get In Touch enquiry form at the bottom of this page.