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Information for childminders and childcare settings

Information to help new and existing childminders including what is involved in childminding, how to become a registered childminder, training events, and useful documents.

What is a childminder/childcare setting?

A childcare setting could be one of the following:

Childminders

Childminders are self-employed and care for children in their own home. They can often provide flexible care to suit your needs and may be able to provide more individualised care for your children. Childminders can care for children from age six weeks to 16 years but must register with Ofsted if they want to be paid to look after children under eight for more than two hours per day.

Crèches

Crèches provide occasional childcare during particular events whilst you are taking part in an activity. Crèches must be registered with Ofsted if they open more than four hours per day or the parents are not within the immediate area, or they provide care for children aged under eight years for more than 14 days in a year.

Day nurseries

Day nurseries care for children from birth to five years. They are usually open all day, but not at the weekends and bank holidays. Children can generally attend full or part-time and most nurseries will offer funded early education for three and four-year-olds.

Home Childcarers

Home childcarers are similar to childminders but home childcarers work from the family’s house rather than their own. Home childcarers will often be willing to travel for work.

Out of School Clubs

Out of school clubs are often based in schools, community halls, and play centres. They will provide care before and after school and some will offer drop offs and pick ups from schools in the area. Out of School Clubs are mainly open during term time but some will provide a holiday scheme out of term time. If they are providing care for more than two hours per day for children aged birth to eight years they must be registered with Ofsted.

Pre-schools

Pre-schools usually offer between 2.5 and six hours each day during term time. Pre-schools are generally open to children aged two to four years (or until they reach compulsory school age) and can offer funded early education for three and four-year-olds. Most pre-schools now offer access to funded early education flexibly to meet the needs of parents who are in employment/training.

What should I consider when deciding whether to become a childminder?

There are lots of questions to ask before deciding on becoming a childminder and you may wish to consider the following:

  • Is there a shortage of childcare in your area?
  • Would you enjoy working from home or prefer working in a setting (such as a nursery)?
  • Could you see yourself being your own boss?
  • Can you offer a safe and stimulating environment and promote the good health, education, and development of children?
  • Can you manage a wide range of children's behaviour?
  • Are you able to manage and organise high quantities of paperwork? 

As all childminders and childcare settings who look after children in the early year's age group follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), you may be interested in looking at the website below:

GOV.uk - Early years foundation stage (EYFS) (external website)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to five years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

If you are interested in setting up your own childcare business and would like more information, you can speak to an Early Years Development Adviser (EYDA). Please contact FISH and they will put you in touch with an Early Years Development Adviser.

Please contact FISH on:

Email: fish@eastriding.gov.uk or

Tel: (01482) 396469

How do I become a registered childminder?

To become a registered childminder the Local Authority run the below courses:

Pre-registration childminding course

You can attend the local authority pre-registration course which is made up of two parts (as follows) which are offered as free sessions to everyone:

  • ‘Is childminding right for me'
  • 'Business support'

You can visit the Ofsted website below, which also contains useful information about the Pre-registration briefing:

Becoming a childminder : Pre-registration briefing (external website)

'Becoming a registered childminder' course

If after these sessions you would like to book a place onto the 'Becoming a registered childminder' course then there will be a charge.  As well as the charge for the course, there will be other start-up charges applicable such as:

  • registration with Ofsted
  • completion of a 12-hour Pediatric First Aid
  • registration with Data Protection
  • a health check

All of this will be explained fully during the initial briefing sessions.

To book or to find out more about the ‘Is childminding right for me?’ course, please contact FISH on:

Email: fish@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 396469.

After completion of the course, you can apply with Ofsted to become a registered childminder.

Other pre-registration courses for childminders are run by external organisations however the Local Authority or the Families Information Service can not recommend or verify any quality of teaching materials within these. 

As a new childminder  you will be working for yourself as a self-employed business. You can visit the HM Revenues and Customs website for more information and useful tips and case studies answering questions about tax, national insurance, business records, and expenses:

HM Revenues and Customs (external website)

If you already have a qualification but are not sure if this is ‘full and relevant’ please click on the link below:

DfE Qualification Finder (external website)

Where can I find information about job vacancies in Ofsted registered childcare settings?

Job vacancies in Ofsted registered childcare settings can be found at:

  • your local job centre
  • local newspapers
  • job recruitment sites
  • recruitment agencies

You can also find out about vacancies by contacting childcare settings directly or by searching the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's recruitment site:

East Riding Jobs (external East Riding website) 

If searching the East Riding jobs website for childcare vacancies, try searching for 'childcare' in the keywords box. 

Please note: it is up to individual childcare settings where they decide to advertise their vacancies, so not all vacancies in the East Riding can be found on the East Riding jobs website.

If you wish to advertise a vacancy on the council's East Riding jobs website, you can do so by emailing details of the vacancy (including salary, hours and anything else you'd like to include) to recruitment services:

recruitment.services@eastriding.gov.uk 

When writing your advert please include all of the relevant 'keywords' that you think potential applicants will search for such as 'childcare', 'nursery assistant' and  'room leader'. This will help your advert to show up in search results. 

Applicants for vacancies outside of the council can't complete an online application via the East Riding jobs website so you would also need to include guidance on how to apply and who to contact for more information in your advert. You can include attachments such as pdfs and word documents in your advert. 

Please include a closing date for all applications as this will be the date that the advert will be removed from the website.

There is a fee of £50 plus VAT for placing an advert on the East Riding jobs website for which you will receive an invoice. Please include the name of your company, the full address for the invoice to be sent to and a contact name and number in the email.   

If you require an order number on your invoice please state this in your email as this will not automatically be provided.

Your advert will appear within 48 hours of you emailing it to recruitment services and the invoice will follow.

The job advert will also appear on the Indeed recruitment website:

Indeed (external website)

To speak to someone about advertising you can contact recruitment services on: 

Telephone: (01482) 391238

Email: recruitment.services@eastriding.gov.uk

What is early years training and can I access it?

Early Years training provides the training required by childminders and childcare settings in order to meet the standards of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Early Years training is available to all Ofsted registered childminders and childcare settings and will need to be booked through the e-Hub. Please see e-Hub guidance notes below:

eHub Staffing & Training Module Guidance Notes (pdf 3 mb)

Eligibility, charging and cancellation policy for training (pdf 67kb)

To book onto any of these courses, please ask your manager to request a place via the e-Hub.

East Riding Safeguarding Children’s Board

Please note, safeguarding training offered by The East Riding Safeguarding Children’s Board (ERSCB) cannot be booked through the e-Hub. You can find information about safeguarding training on the ERSCB website:

East Riding Safeguarding Children’s Board – Training (external website)

Paediatric first aid (PFA) training

Childcare settings no longer have to use local authority approved first aid training. Settings can choose which organisation they use and must check that it covers the course content as for St John Ambulance or British Red Cross Pediatric First Aid Training. 

East Riding Leisure Centres offer Paediatric First Aid training at a reduced rate of £92 from £130 and should be booked and paid for directly through them.

For more information on these courses please contact the Senior Facility Manager on: 

Email:  leisure@eastriding.gov.uk 

Tel: (01482) 395223 

Workforce Development Funding

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council, through the Early Years and Family Support Service, aims to raise the quality of childcare and improve young children’s early year’s experiences by helping to raise the skill and qualifications levels of new and existing staff.

The introduction of recent Government initiatives has resulted in a number of different sources of funding now being available for nationally recognised qualification in the childcare sector. For more information and to apply please use the PDF below:

   Workforce development Funding Guidance and Application form (word 139kb)

Adult Learning Centre

Are you thinking of a career in childcare? If you then do you know that you can study towards a Skills for Childcare Level 2 Award at an Adult Learning Centre in the East Riding?

The Award will give you a good understanding of two of the most important aspects of working with children or young people. It is an excellent starter qualification which, when you have achieved, could lead to a variety of employment opportunities. You do not need to be working in a childcare environment to attend this course.

To find out this course and the Introduction to Skills for Childcare Award visit the Employment and Skills page.

What other support is available for childminders and childcare settings?

Families Information Service Hub (FISH)

FISH play a key role in supporting childminders and childcare settings. You can contact the FISH team for information advice and support: 

Email: fish@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 396469 

Early Years Development Advisers

Every Ofsted registered childminder and childcare setting has a designated Early Years Development Adviser. For more information please contact FISH:

Email: fish@eastriding.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 396469

Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH)

If you're worried about a child/young person or think they might be at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, you can contact EHaSH to log your concern and get advice.

If you are concerned that the child /young person is being affected by; domestic violence, abusive/exploitative relationships, behaviour, emotional well-being / mental health, alcohol and/or substance misuse, welfare and benefits, bereavement and separation, EHaSH can provide advice and guide you to other services. This is not an exhaustive list.

During office hours (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4:30pm) you can contact EHaSH on:

Email: childrens.socialcare@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk

Tel: (01482) 395500

Outside of office hours contact the emergency duty team:

Email: emergency.duty.team@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk

Tel: (01377) 241273

NB Professionals contacting EHaSH will be asked to follow up their telephone enquiry in writing using the attached confirmation of referral form:

Confirmation of referral form (word 68kb)

Making contacts to CYPSSS (word 67kb)

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The LADO oversees the investigation of all allegations made about staff and maintains detailed records of any investigation, their actions and outcomes.

Tel: (01482) 396559

East Riding Safeguarding Children’s Board (ERSCB) 

ERSCB is a statutory multi-agency organisation which brings together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the East Riding.

ERSCB (external website)

Children's centres

All childminders and childcare settings should have a designated children’s centre worker. To find out more information about your local children’s centre please visit the Sure Start children’s centre page.