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 for Children up to the age of 12 years on the CSSIW website. 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. DBS disclosure documentation can be taken into CSSIW’s Office by appointment, or you can use the Post Office Document Certification Service to certify photocopies of your identification documents. Further information on CSSIW requirements for DDS checks is available here.

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 ten children under 12 years, of which usually no more than six may be under 8 years old, no more than three under 5 and no more than two under 18 months. If you have any children of your own under 12, they will be included in these numbers. You'll find out more at your local Briefing Information Session.

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.

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, offers PLI cover of £10,000,000 and professional indemnity cover of £100,000. It's offered exclusively to members for £27.16 per 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.

We would suggest you contact 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 paceycymru@pacey.org.uk.