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.
*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.
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.