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Thinking about becoming a Childminder?

Thinking of becoming a childminder?

Childminding is a rewarding and flexible career choice where you can work from home at times to suit you and your family.  

If you would like a professional career helping children to learn and develop find out how we can help you to get started.


As a registered childminder you will:

  • Offer children a safe learning environment.
  • Help children learn and develop.
  • Work in your own home, choosing the hours that suit you and your family.
  • Build your own business with the help and support of the local authority


If you want to help give children the best start in life, being a registered childminder could be the ideal job for you


Help to start up

As with any business, there are costs involved in becoming a registered childminder.

However, for a limited period we will cover the cost of your initial training, which could be a saving of up to £150.

Further funding of up to £255 for training costs plus £100 worth of early years resources is available to people who live in certain areas in Rotherham*.

The next funded training dates are 9th & 16th June 2018. This is a 2 day course and you must attend both sessions.

FREE support will be available to you from the local authority during the registration process and ongoing throughout your career as a childminder.   


All registered childminders have to:

  • Be registered with Ofsted
  • Hold an up to date paediatric first aid certificate
  • Be DBS checked
  • Understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and complete training to support this as required
  • Have appropriate insurance cover, including Public Liability Insurance.

For further information about becoming a childminder visit www.gov.uk/register-childminder-childcare-provider


For more details about becoming a childminder in Rotherham, or to take advantage of the funded training courses please contact the Early Years Training Team on 01709 822691 or fill in the online form at http://www.rotherhamfis.co.uk/be-a-childminder


*Extra funding is available for childminders who will be based in: Meadowbank, Broom/ Moorgate, Canklow, Whiston, Brampton, Ravenfield, Kimberworth/ Kimberworth Park and Harthill


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