If you live in England, Ofsted would be the regulatory body and they have a guide to the process of registration here: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/Forms-and-guidance/Browse-all-by/Care-and-local-services/Childc are/Registration/How-we-register. In Scotland it's the Care Commission and Wales it's Estyn, but I don't know too much about their processes!
Thanks Just not sure i am ready for that yet, just looking into it all first. Don't even know if i have space etc or what i would need if i went ahead with it at some point. Also have a greyhound. Are dogs a problem with CMing?
Hi, im also just starting out as a childminder and had all the same sorts of questions! as far as im aware dogs arent a problem aslong as they arent a danger to the children and are never left alone with children... but surely thats just common sense!?!? would love to talk more about childminding with anybody :-) x
Phone your local authority and find out where the next briefing is being held. You will have lots of lovely forms to fill out, do a 6 week course, do first aid, have a crb done and wait to have a mini inspection by ofsted. Once all that is complete they send through your certificate and you can start work after getting insurance. The process can take between 8 weeks to 3 months (sometimes longer). Have i forgotten anything?
Hi there again, www.childmindinghelp.co.uk is for ALL comers - whether you are just looking into minding, or if you are just setting up or if you are experienced. Everyone is welcome and the option is there ot browse the forum or join in the banter.
Lots of people on the forum to talk to about minding LittleGems!!! Its a very friendly and helpful site.
The whole process of registering can be up to 8months in total. You go to a pre-reg briefing via the the local council, do the ICP (introduction to childminding) course approx 6 weeks although I know some places tag in some basic EYFS training. During all this time you fill out forms, medical declaration and CRB;s (CRB's are the things that can take quite some time to come through). Ofsted (if you are in England) will come out for a pre-reg inspection to ensure you and your home are suitable. You also need to complete a 12hr paedatric first aid course. During this time (again England) you need to get familiar with EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage - the framework that all English minders have to work to if you have under 5's.
You need to have your polcies and procedures in place as well.
You then have 3 months to register with Inland Revenue as self employed.
You also have to register with Environmental Health
After this any further training such as Safeguarding, EYFS, CAF etc is up to you for your professional development.