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: FREE Webinar

Stage one is a free live webinar providing essential information about childminding legislation, the role and responsibilities and the process of registering as an educator. 

Please note, our free webinar is aimed at people wishing to set up their business in 2 – 3 months and who live in the locations where we operate: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire and postcodes in and around Birmingham & Bristol.

Once you have joined the webinar, you will need to complete a 1-2-1 online question and answer session as an opportunity to speak to an advisor and to ensure you understand the registration process before you proceed to book the actual start-up training. There is a £15 fee for the question and answer session. 

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 can 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.  

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 eligibility, our start-up training is co-funded for affordability so we ask for a £150 contribution towards the training. Please note, our pre-registration training that has business planning coursework and a tutor to provide support is worth £600. Information about the eligibility conditions is provided during the enquiry stage. 

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

Have a question for us?

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 Early Education Business is 100% live online training

Due to the latest concerns about the new Covid-19 Omicron variant, our pre-registration childminder  training will continue to be delivered as live online training (webinars), rather than blended. It is likely we will return to blended training in the spring or summer, once the Covid infection rate is under control.

Our next course commences on 18th January 2022 at 7pm – 8.30pm as a short opening webinar called, Introduction to Childminding.

Our other dates include the Business of Childminding and the EYFS are scheduled on some Saturdays 10am – 1pm and shorter evening webinars at 7pm. Please complete the enquiry form below for more details or book our FREE webinar for more information.  

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