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

Fully funded pre-registration 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 3 – 4 months and who live in the locations where we operate: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South & West Yorkshire, Manchester,  Bristol, Birmingham & other West Midlands areas.

If you decide you wish to proceed after the webinar, the next step is our enrolment process which includes 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.

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 live online training via live webinars on Saturdays 10am – 1pm and some evening webinars at 7pm – 8.30pm.

We value dynamic training as a good networking opportunity for prospective childminders to come together as a group to learn new skills and knowledge, as well as sharing ideas and experience. Bigger topics such as safeguarding children are delivered Saturdays, whilst other shorter modules such as the new EYFS learning and development requirements, are delivered online in the evenings.

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 


For a limited time only, this training is free of charge because it is fully funded.  Depending on your location, eligibility conditions apply to obtain the funding.

Please note, as you are setting up a business you will need to have funds to pay for other registration costs such as paediatric first aid, suitability checks etc. 

If unfunded without a tutor and business planning coursework, the cost of the training is £225.

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