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Become a childminder

Find out how to become a childminder in County Durham.

Attend our pre-registration course

We run a course that explains what you need to do if you want to become a childminder, and how to register. The following sessions are included as part of the course:

  • Statutory Ofsted briefing
  • Safeguarding and welfare requirements
  • Supporting learning and development in the home environment
  • Managing behaviour and inclusion
  • Child development
  • Let's start with babies
  • Preparing to run your own business
  • Thinking about you and your new business
  • Providing funded places for two, three and four year olds
  • What to expect from Ofsted

Information sharing session

Before you attend our pre-registration course, we offer a free information sharing session where you will find out more about becoming a childminder and what the pre-registration course involves. Book a place on our next information sharing session (expression of interest in becoming a childminder).. Once you've attended our information sharing session you will be able to book a place on our pre-registration course.

Length of course and cost

Our pre-registration course runs for one week, Monday to Friday and costs £200. The information sharing session is free.

Future course dates

Information sharing session

  • Dates: Monday 12 October 2020
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.00 noon.
  • Where: Stanley Education Centre
  • Cost: Free

Pre-registration course

  • Dates for 2020:
    • Monday 19 October 2020
    • Tuesday 20 October 2020
    • Wednesday 21 October 2020
    • Thursday 22 October 2020
    • Friday 23 October 2020
  • Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm.
  • Where: Durham Leadership Centre 
  • Cost: £200

For further information on the above courses, please contact us.

Course venues

Stanley Education Centre

King Edward VII Terrace
Shield Row
County Durham

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Durham Leadership Centre

Enterprise Way
County Durham
DL16 6YP

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Ask about becoming a childminder

If you have any questions about becoming a childminder, please contact us.

Contact us
Childminder registration enquiries
03000 268 916 / 17
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People’s Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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