Pre-registration training in Wales

Childminders in Wales are registered by CIW. The first step on your path to becoming a registered childminder in Wales is to attend a briefing session. These sessions may take place in your local authority area and you can check availability by contacting PACEY Cymru on 0845 880 1299 or email Your local Family Information Service (FIS) may also be able to tell you details of forthcoming sessions. We have created a Choosing a career as a childminder leaflet which has all the information that you need when deciding if childminding is the right career choice for you.

The briefing session you attend gives you background information on becoming a childminder in Wales and outlines the registration process, as well as giving you an overview of the legislation you will need to work under when you are registered.

If you are unable to attend a briefing session in your area, then we also deliver briefing sessions, which can be accessed online via an interactive webinar.

Essential training

Before applying to become registered you will need to undertake the CYPOP5 course "Understand how to set up a home-based childcare service". CYPOP5 is the recommended training course for childminders in Wales. There'll be lots more detail on how to access this training at the briefing session.

You'll also need to have done paediatric first aid training suitable for home-based childcarers. Find out more about the first aid training here.

There's support available!

PACEY Cymru and your Family Information Service can offer help, support and advice for new childminders. Your local authority may even be able to fund your training, insurance and membership of PACEY.

Are you looking to further your qualifications? Funding may be available for level 3 and level 5 courses in Wales.