Register as a childminder in Wales

Once you have successfully undertaken your pre-registration training, you will need to complete CSSIW’s application form to become a registered childminder. 

The application packs for childminding are available from the CSSIW website. You'll also find the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare and the Childminding and Day Care regulation. You'll need to read these carefully to make sure you fully understand the rules and regulations you need to work under.

When you submit your completed application form to CSSIW, you will also need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as CRB). This will include any people on the proposed childminding premises aged 16 or over. CSSIW will carry out further checks and references, and before your registration is complete, you'll have a home visit from a CSSIW inspector.

The CSSIW inspector will decide the number of children that you are able to care for at any one time, up to a maximum of six children under 8 years, of which usually no more than three may be under 5 years old. If you have any children of your own under 8, they will be included in these numbers. You'll find out at your local Briefing Information Session whether there are any specific local planning requirements for childminders.

Successful registration

When your registration is successfully completed, you will receive a registration certificate from CSSIW and will then be able to start work as a registered childminder. You must display your registration certificate in your childminding setting where parents and carers can see it.

Some local authorities have funding to offer start-up grants for childminders, so make sure to ask. The grants are to help with the costs you'll incur as your start your new childminding business.

Insurance and membership of PACEY

Public liability insurance (PLI) is a legal requirement for registered childminders. It offers cover when you're working as a childminder against accidental damage or injury to the children or their posessions while in your care.

PACEY's PLI, which is underwritten by Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance PLC, has been designed with registered childminders in mind, offers indemnity of up to £5,000,000 and is available exclusively to members at just £26.29 a year.

Being a member of PACEY will give you the support you need in your career. Discover more about the benefits and join today to make the best of your career.

As ever, check with your local Family Information Service or early years team to see if there's funding available for your membership and insurance with PACEY. If so, they may be able to pay for your first year of membership through PACEY's Quality Start scheme. This is a year's membership (with all the benefits that includes), insurance, and a handy toolkit containing vital business paperwork including contracts and an accounts book. 

We're here to help you

The team at PACEY Cymru offers a range of support, information, workshops and webinars to help you with your CSSIW application and to become registered.

For more information about PACEY Cymru, or for support with becoming a registered childminder in Wales call us on 0845 880 1299 or email us at