This section gives you all the information you need to find out how to become an Independent Registered Childminder.

Registered Childminding In Nottingham City

Do you want to become a Registered Childminder, be your own boss and be self-employed?

Becoming a self-employed Childminder and running a small business from home can allow you to be flexible with the hours you work, is rewarding and can fit well with your family commitments.

This short Vodcast gives you an overview of what is involved and what you need to do to become a self-employed Registered Childminder.

Nottingham City Early Years have developed a Guide to Becoming a Childminder that gives you all the information you need about setting up as a Childminder and starting to build a successful business. 

When you have watched the Vodcast above and read the ‘Guide to becoming a Childminder’ then we recommend that you take a look at Business Smart.  This is a free online business support package for childminders which has been developed by the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) at the request of the Department for Education.

It is important to carry out thorough research around the area you are considering opening your business. A Feasibility Study is simply a means of finding out whether or not something is likely to work and this document will take you through why they’re important, what they can tell you and how to undertake one. Fundamentally, they will provide some initial information on whether or not your proposed business idea is needed, and wanted, in the area. You can also find about more about existing childcare in an area by contacting the Families Information Service and by consulting the latest Childcare Sufficiency Assessment for an indication on participation and vacancy information across the city, as well as information on forthcoming developments.

Most Childminders operate as Sole Traders, so the business is owned and run by one individual, responsible only to themselves.  If there is trading profit, you take it all.  If there is risk or trading losses then you take it all as well and this may involve withstanding losses not just from your business assets but from your personal assets as well.

These Key Considerations for starting up a new childcare provision consolidate some of the key information highlighted above.

Families Information Service (FIS)

After you have read all the information above and you would like to continue with the process to become a Registered Childminder, please register your interest with FIS by calling their free phone number 0800 458 4114 and you can book yourself onto the next Free Childminder Information Briefing (Bookings are now being taken for Friday 25th February Briefing!)

Once you are a Registered Childminder, Nottingham City Early Years Team are committed to ensuring you continue to have support available.  We have a range of resources to support business planning, managing finances, marketing and sales on our 'Looking After Your Business' page and support for existing Childminders is also detailed in the Childminder Provider Support Framework 

Ofsted also consider it important that all childcare providers continue their professional development and Nottingham City Early Years offer a wealth of training and development courses, including Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Children training which it is a legal requirement for you to maintain. Find out more on the Workforce Development Training page.