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Become a childminder

To work as a childminder, you must register with OfSTED (Office for Standards in Education).

Before you can register, you will need to complete all of the following:

  1. Childminder briefing session
  2. Introductory course
  3. 'Universal' Safeguarding children training - Safeguarding Children Training
  4. An approved paediatric first aid training course.

Childminder briefing

We offer regular briefing sessions (£10 to Reading Borough Council residents and £20 to others)

To register as a childminder you must attend a childminder pre-registration briefing. At the briefing you will:

  • be given an overview of what being a childminder entails
  • learn about the registration process

Next confirmed date

  • 15 November 2018, 6 to 8pm
  • 23 January 2019, 1 to 3pm
  • 12 February 2019, 1 to 3pm, Caversham Children's Centre
  • 5 March 2019, 9.30 to 11.30am, Caversham Children's Centre
  • 4 April 2019, 6 to 8pm

Book on a childminder briefing session

pdf icon Childminding - training cancellation policy [86kb]

You should take into consideration the time it will take to complete the mandatory training and preparation work required before you are able to start working as a childminder. 

It is not practical for babies or children to attend these sessions.

PACEY is the professional organisation for childcare and early years.

OfSTED has information about the process of becoming a childminder and a registration form.

Childminder introductory training

This course prepares learners in setting up and establishing a childminding business. Content includes an introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), aspects of early years care and education as well as the business aspects of a childminding service. It is run by qualified tutors experienced in childminding and early years practice.

Cost: £150 for Reading Borough Council residents, £200 for others.

A bursary is available to residents of Reading Borough Council to cover the cost of this course.

Subjects covered:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Being healthy and staying safe
  • Learning environment
  • Inclusion
  • Behaviour
  • The business side of childminding


  • 8 and 22 February 2019, 9.15am to 4pm - venue to be confirmed
  • 2 May weekly until 27 June 2019, 6.30 to 8.30pm - venue to be confirmed

Book on an introductory course

pdf icon Training cancellation policy [86kb]


childminding@reading.gov.uk or 0118 937 6896


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