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Becoming a registered childminder

Childminders work in their own home and are registered to care for no more than six children under 12 (including their own children).

Due to the nature of the job, childminders can sometimes offer flexible hours such as evening, weekends or in some cases overnight care.

Childminders are registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)Opens new window.

Please be aware that any person working in their own home and rewarded (financially or payment in kind) for looking after children under 12 years for more than 1 hour 59 minutes a day must be registered with the CIW.

To become registered you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Attend a briefing session provided by PACEY Cymru.  (To book a place on the briefing session contact The Family Information Service Team).
  • Successfully pass the CACHE Understand how to set up a home based childcare service (CYPOP5) the CYPOP5 is a 14 hour course which is split into sessions. Completion of the course is mandatory and is regardless of any other childcare qualification you hold.
  • Submit parts one and two of your application to CIW.  (PACEY Cymru offer mentoring sessions which are designed to help and guide you through the application process).

Please be aware that you and all members of your household over the age of 16 must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) enhanced disclosure.

Childminders are self employed and negotiate a contract for their service for which they charge a fee.  A childminder is responsible for paying their own tax and national insurance contributions.

Most registered childminders are members of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY Cymru)Opens new window for more information please contact the PACEY Cymru Development Officer.

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