Deadline for applications for reception classes (children born between 01/09/13 and 31/08/14) is 15 January 2018

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. Two day 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

  • 17 January 2018, 1 to 3pm - Hamilton Road Centre
  • 16 February 2018, 9.30 to 11.30 - Avenue Centre, Tilehurst
  • 8 March 2018, 6 to 8pm - Avenue Centre, Tilehurst

Book on a childminder briefing session

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 two day 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.

Subjects covered:

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

Dates: 4, 11, 18 & 25 April 2018, 9.30am to 1.30pm - Hamilton Road Centre

Contact or 0118 937 6896


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