Become a registered childminder

If you want to become an Ofsted registered childminder, and you live in Surrey, then Surrey Early Years can help.

Registering with Ofsted

You must register with Ofsted or a childminder agency if you want to be paid to look after children under eight years old, for more than two hours a day in your own home.

Before you can register with Ofsted, you must complete training which helps you understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage. As a local authority we are not permitted to advise you as to which course to take; though for example PACEY, and the Online Learning College offer online options, and other training providers such as ANSA Training offer classroom-style training. Please be advised that Surrey County Council has not undertaken any quality checking of the courses provided by these providers.

Childminders must attend safeguarding children training inline with guidance and procedures of the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board. Childminders must hold a current Paediatric First Aid (PFA) certificate. This must be renewed every three years. Providers are responsible for identifying and selecting a competent training provider to deliver their PFA training.

For more information about becoming a registered childminder please see our Becoming a Registered Childminder document below.

Considering becoming a registered childminder but want to find out more?

If you are considering becoming a registered childminder and would like to attend a briefing session with the Early Years Educational Effectiveness Team then you can express your interest by emailing Please give your contact details including name, home address, contact telephone number and email address. Once we have enough interest we will contact you to discuss the briefing sessions further.

Contact us

For more information, email our Early Years and Family Resilience Commissioning Team at

Once you're registered with Ofsted, you can also keep up to date by subscribing to our Childcare professionals update e-bulletins.

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