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


  • 9th December 2021 9.30-11am
  • 12th January 2022 1-2pm
  • 20th January 2022 9.30-11am

Book on a childminder briefing session

Childminding – training cancellation policy

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.

Subjects covered:

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


  • 5th February 2022 9.30am-3.30pm
  • 26th February 2022 9.30am-3.30pm
    (both Saturdays need to be attended)

Book on an introductory course

Training cancellation policy

Cancellation 7 days or MORE before the course date

All cancellations must be made via the SLA or via email to the inbox by the delegate or their manager. No telephone cancellations will be accepted.

Cancellation LESS than 7 days before the course date

Notification must be made via the SLA or via email to the inbox. A charge of 50% of the training course per person per training day will be incurred unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Charges will be made where there is non-attendance due to:

  • Other work pressures
  • Annual leave bookings
  • Course booked in error
  • Applicant forgot or went to wrong location

Charges are unlikely to be made where:

  • There is a personal or family emergency
  • Compassionate leave has been given
  • Staff has reported in sick using absence reporting policies and procedures

Unforeseen circumstances

If you are unable to attend the course due to unforeseen circumstances, email notification from the delegate or manager must be sent to and consideration will be given to a waiver of the charge. This is at the discretion of the Early Years team.

It is the responsibility of the delegate or their line manager to report the absence to


Substitutions are welcome, provided we are notified in advance.

Transferring to a later course

Any delegate who wishes to transfer to a later course date but sends written notification to less than 7 days before the course will be charged 50% of the training course per person for the cancelled date.

Contact or 0118 937 6896