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Thinking about becoming a childminder?

As a registered Childminder you will look after one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of two hours a day, in your own home, for payment.

You will work to various legal requirements, and be inspected by Ofsted to ensure you provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that you care for.

You will usually be self employed and running your own business. Hours are flexible and you can choose to work full or part time depending on your own family commitments.

Although everyday will be different, a typical day may include:

  • Taking children to and from school, nursery or clubs.
  • Visiting a park, museum, library or playgroup.
  • Providing meals and snacks for the children, involving them
    in food preparation and menu choices.
  • Arranging fun and stimulating learning activities, such as
    dressing up, creative play and reading.
  • Working with other local childminders to organise group

Becoming a registered Childminder in Sandwell

Step by Step Guide:

Step 1

Contact Sandwell Family Information Service on 0121 569 4914 to obtain a Childminder Information Pack or download, complete and return the Application for Childminder Induction Programme form and the Childminding briefing session booking slip, to the:

Quality Early Years and Childcare Team, 160 Beeches Road, West Bromwich, B70 6HQ

Step 2

Attend a Childminding Briefing Session (please make sure that you put the date which you would like to attend the Childminding briefing session on booking slip)


 Date  Time



Thursday 6 July 2017


10am - 12noon Gayton Road Community Centre, Gayton Road, West Bromwich, B71 1QS


Wednesday 13 September 2017


4.30pm - 7.30pm Yemeni Community Centre, Tidasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ


Wednesday 15 November 2017


5.30pm - 8.30pm Yemeni Community Centre, Tidasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ


Tuesday 9 January 2018


12.30pm - 3.30pm Yemeni Community Centre, Tidasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ

Step 3

Attend a Childminding Preparation Course (CPC).  This will give you the skills and knowledge you require to complete your Ofsted application and start your childminding career.

Step 4

Attend a Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Food Safety Level 2 Course

Step 5

Complete a DBS police check

Step 6

Complete the Ofsted application and Health Declaration forms

Step 7

Prepare for your Ofsted Inspection Visit - Ofsted will contact you to arrange an inspector to visit your home.

Step 8

Pay your Ofsted Registration Fee.  Then once you have got your Ofsted certificate (between 3 and 6 months while the checks and inspectors visit are made) and Public Liability Insurance, you can start work as a childminder.


Sandwell Early Years and Childcare Services have developed a guide to Thinking about becoming a Childminder to help you decide if its the career for you.

For further information contact Sandwell Family Information Service 0121 569 4914