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Become a registered childminder

If you want to become an Ofsted registered childminder, and you live in Surrey, then Surrey Family Services 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. Find out how to become an Ofsted registered childminder in Surrey in our pre-registration guide (PDF).

Before you can register with Ofsted, you must complete training which helps you understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage. In Surrey, our approved registration course is the Childminding Introduction Programme (ChIP). Pre-registration training provided through Pacey is also approved.

Childminding Introduction Programme (ChIP)

This course is taught in six sessions and runs over three full days or six evenings in different locations across Surrey. You'll be encouraged to share information in group work.

You have to attend all six sessions and complete coursework to pass the course. The coursework includes writing a set of policies and procedures that you will need to start your childminding business, explaining how you will keep children healthy and safe.

  • Session 1 – Caring for other people's children
    During this session we will find out about your previous experience, talk about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and explain the coursework. We will also look at what you will need to consider before you look after children and how you will work in partnership with parents.
  • Session 2 – Being healthy and staying safe
    This session looks at staying safe both indoors and outdoors and how to deal with emergencies. It also looks at fire safety, how to record injuries, hygiene and nutrition and car seat safety.
  • Session 3 – Working together to safeguard children
    During this session you will learn about what your role is in protecting children and the signs and symptoms of the four types of abuse. You will also find out who to contact for advice and how to report abuse and what you can do to protect yourself from allegations of abuse.
  • Session 4 – Making a positive contribution
    During this session we will look at what affects behaviour and strategies to deal with unwanted behaviour. We will also cover inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Session 5 – Enjoying and achieving
    This session covers child development and learning environments and will give you a chance to become more familiar with the EYFS guidance and how to use it to plan for the future development of a child.
  • Session 6 – Organisation
    This session looks at all the paperwork you will need to become a registered childminder including the policies and procedures you will need. We will also look at charging, how to keep accounts, advertising and how to prepare for your first Ofsted inspection.

Book your place

Book your place on to our Childminding Introduction Programme. You will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee so have your credit/debit card ready. This initial course is being run on behalf of the local authority by ANSA Training. Information about further ChiP courses will be available on this website soon.

Contact us

For more information, email our Early Years and Childcare 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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