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Childminding careers

Find advice and guidance, which includes information sessions about the best way to get into childcare.

Childminding offers an exciting, challenging, interesting and rewarding career that you can do from your own home. You can choose the hours that you work and the numbers of children you care for.

You will need to meet the criteria of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and all other relevant legislation.

Childminding training course

Childminders must complete training that helps them understand and implement the EYFS. Note: This is before they can register with Ofsted or a childminder agency.

In Calderdale we work with Childminding UK to deliver full online training. You will need:

  • The course fee, which is £145. (Note: We may fund this, dependant on the need for new childminder places in your area).
  • Registration fees.
  • Health declaration.
  • DBS enhanced and update check. For more about this, visit: DBS checks for childminders and childcare workers (GOV.UK).
  • To attend and complete a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid course.

Our Early Years Improvement Team will support you through the course with visits to your home and phone support. We are looking for people who have a real interest in the care and development of young children.

Childminder Start-up Grant Scheme

This is to support new childminders and gives funding to them over the next two financial years. This is to help with the cost of setting up their own business.

  • It is available to all new childminders who have completed their registration on or after 15th March 2023.
  • If you have been a childminder and want to re-register into the sector, you can also apply. It must be at least a 12-month since the previous registration was cancelled and a new registration finalised.

This grant offers:

  • £600 to those who register with Ofsted.
  • £1200 to those register with a childminder agency. (These grants are paid in two instalments, with a 6-month limit on claiming the second instalment.)

Please note: This grant must applied for within two months of:

  • registering as a childminder;
  • or the scheme's launch, which was 30th November 2023.

For more about these, please email the Early Years and Childcare Team:

In order to become a registered childminder you must meet:


We have two teams that can support you through the process of becoming a registered childminder:

Early Years Childcare and Sufficiency Team

This team can support you with advice about:

  • average fees charged by other childminders in your area;
  • and the likely demand for your service.

They can also help set you up to offer the Government funded early education places. For details, email:

Early Years Improvement Officers (EYIO)

This team can offer advice, support, guidance and information through registration and beyond.

  • There is a wide breadth of knowledge and experience within the team.
  • They can support development of provision to meet children and family's needs.

For details, email:

During your training and the registration process, an EYIO will contact you. This is to discuss the training and any support you might need, which includes visits, emails and phone support. You will be able to contact your EYIO by phone or email throughout your training and beyond.

Others that offer training

Please note: You are responsible for making sure that the course you choose meets your needs.

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