Becoming a childminder

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2. What training will I need?

Before registering as a childminder, you’ll need to do:

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:

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

For advice on choosing a recognised PFA course, see note 30 at the bottom of page 22.

3) the online ‘Safeguarding Children’ course on the East Sussex Learning Portal


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

To train or book on the East Sussex Learning Portal click on ‘New User Registration’ to register. You’ll get a log-in with access to a directory, to search using the course title.

What does it cost?

There are costs to set up and for annual renewals. Approximate costs;

Compulsory training

  • how to deliver the EYFS – from a 4-hour overview to a 50-hour Level 3 award, from £5 - £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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