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Becoming a childminder

A person who works at home looking after children aged under 8 years for more than 2 hours a day and for payment or reward must register as a childminder with the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).

It does not count as childminding if it is in the home of one of the children being cared for, unless the care is for more than 2 different families at the same time.

Registering as a childminder 

GOV.UK has a useful guide to registering as a childminder

1.     Attend a Childminder Briefing Session

Your first step towards become a childminder in Merton is to attend a Childminder Briefing Session. This session will tell you all about:

  • Registering with Ofsted
  • Legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework
  • Being self-employed
  • Training required, and more

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are unable to host briefings in person currently. However, we are able to support you to becoming a childminder in Merton with a Childminder Briefing presentation. If you would like to view the presentation, please email your name, address and contact telephone number to

2.     Registration requirements
There are a number of things you must do before you register with Ofsted. Once you have covered these you can register on the GOV.UK website

3.     Ofsted Registration visit

Ofsted will arrange to visit you in your home. If you feel you need support before this visit, we offer pre-registration visits. This visit costs £100 and lasts 2.5 hours, please use to the Pay-As-You-Go services request form on the Training and Development page to book.

4.     Registration complete

Ofsted will send you a registration certificate if they are satisfied that you are suitable to be a childminder. They will notify London Borough of Merton of your registration and we will then email you about early education funding, promoting your service on the Family Services Directory, training and professional development and other services we can offer. Once you are registered, you can find ongoing support, information, training and networking opportunities in the Support for Childcare Providers section of this website.

Visit our Setting up childminding page for information about things you will need to arrange before you start caring for children, including insurance, policies and procedures and for a quick guide to toys and equipment that you might need.

Useful Websites

Contact details

Early Years, Childcare and Children's Centre Service
10th Floor, Civic Centre
London Road