Become a registered childminder

Are you considering becoming a registered childminder and would like to find out more?

A registered childminder is a person who looks after one or more children for more than a total of two hours a day in their own home. They are registered and inspected by Ofsted.

Surrey County Council are committed to supporting childminders to provide high quality childcare and early years education. We have launched a new initiative: Becoming a Registered Childminder (BaRC) that provides training to those interested in joining the childminding profession.

The BaRC training is made up of three face-to-face full day sessions, delivered once a week over three weeks.

The training will cover the legislation and implications of caring for other people's children in a home environment to ensure that children are safe, well cared for and take part in activities that contribute to their learning and development.

The training also details your statutory duties as set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Other national training is available for prospective childminders, but we would encourage you to attend the Surrey childminder training for the following reasons:

  • Understanding local Surrey processes including safeguarding protocols, supporting children with additional needs, business advice and support, recommended templates and documentations.
  • Opportunities to meet Surrey Early Years teams and find out what support is available and where to access this, including other training available by Surrey.
  • Networking opportunities meeting like-minded professionals who are on a similar journey.
  • Interactive and engaging sessions face to face with others.
  • Ongoing support beyond the training.

The full course is £160 which includes the three days training (including refreshments), relevant materials, templates and on-going support.

Next confirmed training dates

Autumn 2023

Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Leatherhead , Surrey KT22 9ASThursday 2 November 2023Session 19.30am to 3.30pm
Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Leatherhead , Surrey KT22 9ASThursday 9 November 2023Session 29.30am to 3.30pm
Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Leatherhead , Surrey KT22 9ASThursday 16 November 2023Session 39.30am to 3.30pm

To attend BaRC, you can express your interest by contacting us at Please give your contact details including name, contact number, the borough in which you live and email address. We will send you our short briefing video which goes into more detail about the considerations and steps to take before becoming a registered childminder. We strongly recommend that you watch this before undertaking our training.

Please see the link below for all the information you will need to start your career.

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