West Berkshire Council


How to find or become a childminder in West Berkshire

Our West Berkshire Directory has details of childminders available across West Berkshire.

Should my chosen childminder be registered with Ofsted?

It's important to find quality care for your child, and to understand the difference between registered and unregistered childminders.

Anyone who looks after one or more children under the age of 8, to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward and for more than two hours in any day, must register as a childminder.

There are some exemptions, where you may not have to register as a childminder. Find out more information on the Gov.uk website.

Registered childminders will receive an Ofsted pre-registration visit and will be inspected by Ofsted on a regular basis. This is to ensure that the care and learning provided meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Ofsted childcare requirements. During the robust pre-registration visit, the inspector will be checking to ensure that you are capable of caring for children and meeting the requirements from day one.

A registered childminder with a "good" or "outstanding" Ofsted inspection outcome can receive government funding for the placement of disadvantaged 2-year-olds and all 3- and 4-year-olds. They can also register to receive funding before their first Ofsted inspection, following their registration visit.

How do I become a childminder?

If you're thinking of running your own childminding business, our West Berkshire Directory can help with researching numbers and locations of existing childminders in your area. This will give you an idea of what services are already being offered, and what they currently charge, before making decisions about your own business.

To start the process of becoming a childminder, please contact the Early Years Service Team who will be happy to guide you. You may also wish to visit the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) website, for more information. Their site also gives you the opportunity to complete some of the required training online. 


West Berkshire offer childminder training in line with demand.

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