If you believe that all children deserve the best start in life, are adaptable, flexible, and would like to run your own business from your own home, why not consider Childminding as a career?

As a Registered Childminder you will:

  • Be a trained childcare professional;
  • Offer the children you care for a happy, stimulating environment;
  • Provide learning opportunities and see the children develop;
  • Work in your home, choose the hours you work, and run your own business;
  • Be able to care for your own children alongside minded children (they will count in your numbers);
  • Be able to meet other Childminders, locally in networks, or online;
  • Receive regular newsletters from the Childcare Unit about training opportunities, grants and any changes in legislation

What does being a Registered Childminder entail?

  • If you look after one or more children under the age of 12, for more than two hours a day, in your own home, for payment (either in goods or money) you must, by law, register as a Childminder;
  • We Care Wales campaign by Social Care Wales explains what a job in the care sector entails, including Home-based Childcare, and Amanda's video about being a Childminder;
  • You will need to register with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW), who are the independent regulator of social care and childcare in Wales;
  • To do this, you will need to meet or exceed the National Minimum Standards (NMS);
  • Once registered, you will be inspected at least every 3 years, and be required to undertake regular training to keep your skills and knowledge up to date;
  • As a self-employed person, you will need to run your business in a legal manner and pay tax on your earnings by completing the self-assessment tax return

How to become a Registered Childminder in Ceredigion?

  • Contact the Childcare Unit by calling Clic on 01545 570881 or by emailing clic@ceredigion.gov.uk. Our role is to support you, subsidise training costs and offer grants to registered childcare providers;
  • Attend an online Childminder briefing session, where the Childcare and Training Coordinator will explain all of the training necessary and the process of becoming a Registered Childminder;
  • Attend a suitable pre-registration course; this is delivered over an 8-16 week period. This will enable you to develop your own policies and procedures to comply with regulations;
  • On completion of the pre-registration course you will be mentored by our officer to ensure that you have completed everything necessary to register as a childcare provider with CIW;
  • Attend and complete all mandatory courses including Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Child Protection, Food Safety and Hygiene, Food Allergy and Intolerance and PREVENT (Radicalisation Awareness);
  • You will need to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS) for yourself and anyone over the age of 16 who is a member of the household;
  • Submit your application to CIW, who will contact you to arrange a premises visit and an interview;
  • Once registered you will continue to have the support of the Childcare Unit for the duration of your registration