Becoming a childminder

2. What training will I need?

Before registering as a childminder, you will need to complete these 3 stages:

1) a course in how to deliver, and show Ofsted you understand, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (

Courses range from basic to detailed, including:

If you already hold a relevant childcare or teaching qualification you may not need to do a basic EYFS course. To check if your qualification meets the requirements, email Childcare Support.

2) a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid (PFA) course

See note 30 at the bottom of page 27 for advice on choosing a recognised PFA course - GOV.UK

3) the online, Safeguarding Children course (learning pool e-Learning)

In the first six months you will do the classroom-based ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ training.

What does it cost?

Compulsory training

  • how to deliver the EYFS from a 4-hour overview to a 50-hour Level 3 award, from £5 to £300
  • 12-hour Paediatric First Aid course from £90
  • e-learning ‘Safeguarding Children’ course, ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ training £50

Other costs

  • Health Declaration check, from £35
  • Ofsted registration fee, £35 in 2020
  • Enhanced DBS check, plus an annual renewal fee, from £52.50
  • Public Liability Insurance, from £30
  • Business-use car insurance if you’ll use your car for childminding, varies
  • Data Protection registration, from £40
  • publicity materials such as business cards, varies
  • play or safety equipment, varies

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