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Under 5s

Our aim is to ensure that Reading’s young children have the best start in life with easy access to maternity, health, education and support services.


Becoming a childminder

The Early Years team works to support people to become childminders in Reading.

To work with children from birth to five in Reading you must also:

  • Attend a briefing session
  • Complete an Introduction to Childminding Practice training course
  • Attend an approved 12 hour paediatric first aid and safeguarding training course

Qualities and skills you need to be a registered childminder

To become a childminder you must:

  • Enjoy being with children and have patience and warmth
  • Gain an understanding of child development; follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. These are standards you must meet for the development and care of children up to age five
  • Be able to support children with specific needs, such as food allergies, asthma or speech delay
  • Be able to keep records, for example, records of a child’s learning
  • Know how to keep your own accounts and pay your income tax

Not everyone can become a childminder or childcarer. Some things can disqualify you from registering as a childminder or childcarer:

  • If you’ve been barred from working with children
  • If you live in the same home as someone who is disqualified
  • If you’ve been refused registration in the past.

Childminder briefings

To register as a childminder you must attend a childminder pre-registration briefing. We offer regular briefing sessions (£10 to Reading Borough Council residents and £20 to others).

Our childminder briefing session takes about two hours; this must be paid for at least one week before the session.

At the childminder briefing session, you’ll learn about:

  • If childminding would suit you and your family
  • How you can become a registered childminder
  • The Introduction to Childminding Practice course
  • Other childcare options such as becoming a registered nanny or after-school childminder.

Briefing dates

13 July 2021 from 9.30am to 11am
31 August 2021 from 5.30pm to 7pm
14 September 2021 from 1.30pm to 3pm

The Childminder Introductory course will be delivered on:

21 September 2021 from 9.30am – 12 noon fortnightly until 30 November 2021.

Booking training

Click here to book on a childminder briefing session.

Read the childminding training cancellation policy here.

You should take into consideration the time it will take to complete the mandatory training and preparation work required before you are able to start working as a childminder.

It is not practical for babies or children to attend these sessions.

Useful links

For safeguarding information click here to go to the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

For information on the Early Years Foundation Stage click here.

Click here to go to the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) website.

Introduction to childminding practice

The Introduction to Childminding Practice course cost: Limited offer of £125 for Reading Borough Council residents, including a Pacey pack worth up to £100; £200 for others.

This introductory course is currently being delivered virtually, both sessions must be attended. There are no assignments, only what you need to prepare for your registration visit from Ofsted.

This course prepares learners in setting up and establishing a childminding business. It is run by qualified tutors experienced in childminding and early years practice.

Subjects covered:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Being healthy and staying safe
  • Learning environment
  • Inclusion
  • Behaviour
  • The business side of childminding

Childminder Introductory training:

Click here to book on an introductory course.

Read the training cancellation policy here.

Contact: or 0118 937 6896.

Ofsted registration process

To register as a childminder you will need to complete the Ofsted application process.

Registering usually takes up to:

  • 12 weeks for childminders and home childcarers
  • 25 weeks for a childcare provider on domestic or non-domestic premises.

Childminder partnership

Some of the benefits to childminders are:

  • Partnership meetings
  • Discounted access Reading Early Years Annual Conference and other training
  • Pre and post inspection advice and support
  • Support with self-evaluation
  • Advice and signposting on qualifications, policies and procedures.

Childminder cluster meetings

  • The Early Years Team aims to lead 6 childminder cluster meetings per year, 2 each term in different locations within Reading. This is an opportunity for all childminders to network with each other and take part in workshops including:
  • Moderation of judgements
  • Self Evaluation
  • Transition
    Attendance at these meetings can be counted as part of your professional development and evidence towards the Leadership and Management aspect of Ofsted inspections.

Childminder policies and documents

List of templates and examples: click here for the policy list.

  • Funding calendar
  • Funding FAQ
  • GDPR
  • Language monitoring tool
  • Newsletter
  • Partnership agreement
  • Policies
  • Portal guidance
  • Providers agreement
  • Parental agreements
  • Trackers

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