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Becoming a Childminder - Briefing Session

Event/course Code EDU 21/534
Event/course type Briefing
Event Introduction 'Childminders offer professional home-from-home childcare and early education, looking after small groups of children of different ages and from different families.’(Pacey, 2019)

Childminders play an important part in giving parents a greater choice of high quality, flexible childcare and family support packages.

To become a registered childminder in the Royal Borough of Kingston or London Borough of Richmond you will need to complete the following two phases:
• Briefing Session
• Mandatory training

Childminders are required to complete the following training prior to registration:
• Paediatric First Aid training
• Training which helps you to understand and implement the EYFS

Please be advised if you do not live in either Kingston or Richmond borough you must contact your own local authority for advice on becoming a childminder. Once you have done this if you would then like to access the training course through AfC Workforce Development you will need to book to attend this briefing session.

Once you have attended the briefing session then you can enrol to complete the 2 day Achieving for Children 'Introduction to Childminding', delivered by Achieving for Children, Early Years and Childcare Service.

This session will take place virtually, joining instructions will be emailed 24 hours before the course date.
Event Content Before progressing with childminding as a career option you need to consider the following:

You need to take into consideration the time it will take to complete all of the mandatory training and preparation work required before you will be able to start working. This may be several months.

Setting up your childminding business will incur necessary financial commitments for example the mandatory training course can cost between £100 and £300.

Impact on your home and family
Childminding is an excellent way to work from home that incorporates the care of your own children however you need to consider the implications to your family.

Running your own business and maintaining good records will mean allocating time to completing the necessary paperwork (outside of time working with the children).

All childminders must be able to show a good level of language and literacy skills (paragraph 3.25 of The Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage).

The EYFS sets out the legal requirements relating to learning and development and safeguarding and welfare that all Ofsted registered Early Years providers are required to implement.

This briefing session will be led by members of the Early Years and Childcare Service who will be available from 20.30 to 21.00 to answer any individual questions.

In order to book on to this briefing please register for an account at providing the following details:

• Full name
• Email address
• Phone number
• Team name - Childminder
• Organisation name and address
• Line manager - your own name unless you will be working for another childminder
Event Learning Outcomes By attending this briefing session attendees will be able to:

• Explain the different options for registration, Ofsted or a Childminder Agency.
• Describe the role of the regulatory bodies including who needs to register and why.
• Analyse the requirements for registration and how Ofsted or Childminder Agency will decide if you are suitable to register as a childminder.
• Clarify the legal requirements for registration.
• Explore the specific requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare as set out in The Statutory Framework for the EYFS.
• Identify the maximum number of children a registered childminder may look after.
• Locate the options available for training.
• Consider how to prepare for your registration visit.
Trainers Lucy Chester / Helen Swan
Course categories Curriculum Networks, Meetings and Conferences
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Wednesday 16 March 202218:00 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A