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 –
  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


  • 13 July 2021 from 9.30-11am – virtual meeting
  • 31 August 2021 from 5.30 to 7pm – virtual meeting
  • 14 September 2021 from 1.30 to 3pm – virtual meeting

Book on a childminder briefing session

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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.

Limited offer for Reading Borough Council residents £125 including a Pacey pack worth up to £100

Subjects covered:

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


  • 21 September 2021, 9.30am to 12 noon, fortnightly until 30 November 2021

Book on an introductory course

Childminding – training cancellation policy

Contact or 0118 937 6896