How much does it cost?

Have a conversation with your local authority Early Years Team to see if they have funding available to help you set up as a childminder. 

The Childcare Business Grant is also available for new childminding businesses planning to offer the 30 hours’ free entitlement for 3- and 4-year-olds with grants of up to £500 for childminders, and £1000 if you’re planning to offer childcare for disabled children.

CourseCost

Introduction to Childminding Practice

This fee covers Compulsory Basic Homebased Childcare training certificate required at Ofsted registration Visit. 3 days face to face training plus half day setting visit.

£289.00

Safeguarding, Duty of Care, Child Protection Awareness

This one day course provides an introduction to ‘Safeguarding’ and explains the procedures to be followed ‘if you are worried a child in your care is at risk or is being abused’.

£80.00

Paediatric first aid training course

This one day course provides an introduction to ‘Safeguarding’ and explains the procedures to be followed ‘if you are worried a child in your care is at risk or is being abused’.

£85.00
Disclosure and Barring Service checkFrom £44.00 (enhanced) plus optional annual renewal fee (currently £13)
Health declaration checkFrom £35.00, depending on your doctor’s fees
Registration on Ofsted Early Years Register£35.00*
Registration on Ofsted Childcare Register£103.00*
Register with Information Commissioner’s Office£40
Optional costs 
Full childminder membership of PACEYFrom £59.50
Childminder public liability insurance from PACEY – only available to members£28.90

*If you join both registers, you’ll pay the lower fee. Different fees will apply if you join a childminder agency.