How much will it cost?

Like any new venture, there are start-up costs involved in becoming a childminder. These figures are for illustration purposes only, but will help you understand how much the process is likely to cost.


Have a conversation with your local authority Early Years Team to see if they have funding available to help you set up as a childminder. This page about PACEY's Quality Start scheme will give the Early Years Team the information they need. 

Is childminding right for me? Online short briefing from PACEY (optional) £5.00
PACEY's recommended pre-registration training course, Level 3 Award in Home-based Childcare (HBCA). £300.00 (£250 +VAT)
Paediatric first aid training course From £85, depending on provider. 
Disclosure and Barring Service check From £46.10 (includes admin fees) plus optional annual renewal fee (currently £13)
Health declaration check From £35.00, depending on your doctor's fees
Registration on Ofsted Early Years Register (if you're caring only for children under 5) £35.00*
Registration on Ofsted Childcare Register (if you're only caring for children aged 5-7) £104.00*
Full membership of PACEY including PACEY Practitioner insurance From £13.24 per month**
Registration with Information Commissioner's Office £40

*If you join both registers, you'll pay the lower fee. Different fees will apply if you join a childminder agency.

**Save £30 on PACEY Practitioner membership when you complete the HBCA with The Childcare Company and PACEY. 


In Wales, some local authorities will fund these products and services. Please contact PACEY Cymru for more information.

Pre-registration briefing session from PACEY Cymru


Pre-registration training course for home-based childcare in Wales, with FREE learner membership from PACEY



Paediatric first aid training course Check with your Local Authority. There may be a charge but this varies.
Disclosure and Barring Service check £61.60 (includes admin and IDV fees) plus annual renewal fee (currently £13)
Health declaration check Check with your GP. There may be a charge but this varies.
Registration with CIW Free
Full membership of PACEY including PACEY Practitioner insurance From £13.24 per month
Register with Information Commissioner's Office £40

There may be other associated costs as well, depending on your business model. For example, if you plan to play recorded music, you may need to apply for a joint PPL and PRS for Music licence and you're also likely to need to register with the Information Commissioner's Office which costs around £40.

If you've just started on the path to a career as a registered childminder you'll find our Business Smart section useful. It contains the lowdown on all you need to get started in this fantastically rewarding career, including details on accessing start-up loans.

PACEY can support you all the way through your career as a professional registered childminder. From your pre-registration briefing to introductory training and from peer support networks to free vacancy matching services, PACEY is your number one choice.

Business Smart contains information on:

  • Pre-registration training
  • Registering as a childminder
  • Protecting your business
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Becoming self-employed
  • Employing others
  • Offering funded childcare places.

Find out more about PACEY membership or call us on 0300 003 0005.