Becoming a childminder

If you love children and want to help give them the best start in life, being a registered childminder could be the ideal job for you.

We say, "job", but our members tell us that being a childminder is a vocation. Childminding offers fantastic career opportunities - from making a difference to a child's life, to being your own boss and working from home.

Anyone in who looks after one or more children under the age of 8 years in England or under the age of 12 years in Wales, to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward, and for a total of more than two hours in any day must register as a childminder.

As a registered childminder you will:

  • Offer the children you care for a happy and inspirational home-based professional care and learning environment.
  • See the children that you care for grow and develop, and care for your own children at the same time, if you have a family.
  • Work in your home, choosing the hours you work and the services you provide in a career where no two days are the same.
  • Meet other childcare professionals in your area and get to know your local community, joining many thousands of childminders in England and Wales providing high-quality professional childcare and early education.

Information about the types of childcare that are exempt from registration in England is available from Ofsted or in Wales from CIW.

Join your professional association

Joining PACEY is the best way to demonstrate your commitment to your childminding career. As a member of the largest and longest established professional association representing childminders, you can be sure of getting the support, advice, training, backing and information you need.

If you want to become a childminder, read on to discover more about the process and the training required. We'll also highlight some of the professional development opportunities available to you and give you the support and information you’ll need to get started on this rewarding journey.

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