How to Register as a Childminder in England

Thinking of registering as a childminder? Here's everything you need!

Childminding is a truly worthwhile job – you make a difference to the lives of the children in your care every day. The steps to registration with Ofsted can be tricky to navigate which is why has put together this comprehensive ‘Childminder Registration Toolkit’ to guide you every step of the way.

If you need further information or advice you will find it by asking colleagues on the Independent Childminders Facebook group – we are there to help!

Watch our Free Video on How to Register as a Childminder in England


Chapter 1 - Do you want to be a childminder?

Pre-registration advice – for those who think they might want to be a childminder.

1. Do you want to be a childminder?

Ofsted’s pre-registration briefing

Chapter 2 - Steps to Registration

A useful online guide taking you through the main steps to registration as a childminder

2. Registering as a Childminder in England

Chapter 3 - Evidence Audit

Think about what information you want to put together to show your registration inspector.

3. Evidence Audit

3a. Useful links for registering childminders


Chapter 4 - Registration checklists

For those registering childminders who appreciate a checklist to tick off – here you go!

4. Registration Checklists

Business management tips including advice on how to write the Business Plan which is part of your Introduction to Home Based Childminding course.

4a. Writing a business plan

4b. Business management tips


Chapter 5 - The Ofsted registration visit

A series of guides which will help you to manage your Ofsted registration visit.

5a. Registration inspection sample questions

5b. Registration on the Childcare Register


Chapter 6 - Post-registration things to do

A series of guides which will help you once you have completed the Ofsted registration process.

6a. Advertising your childminding business

6b. Business sustainability

6c. Time management and organisation

6d. Interviewing new parents – tips for childminders

Registering as a childminder – updated information February 2020

Ofsted updated their childminder registration system in February 2020.

The following link must now be used instead of the EY2 / EY3 forms that are referred to in the above video:

Ofsted have introduced the new system to make it easier for childminders to register with them.

An Ofsted approved, child workforce, enhanced, home-based Disclosure and Barring Check (DBS) must also be completed by the childminder and all adults over 16 living or working on the premises –

Note that you cannot start working as a childminder until you receive a letter of suitability from Ofsted.

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