To become a childcare provider you must be registered. You can find information on registering on the GOV.UK website.
How to become a childminder
Registering with Ofsted
You can apply to register with Ofsted by contacting:
- telephone: 0300 123 1231
- website: gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted
Join the local childminding agency
You can join @Home Childcare by contacting:
- telephone: 0115 978 3399
- website: www.athomechildcare.co.uk.
The below documents provide additional information and advice around registering as a childminder.
- Becoming a registered childminder [PDF]
- How to become a childminder [PDF]
- New to childminding - quick access factsheet [PDF]
Early Years Provision in Schools
At a time when schools are considering lowering the age range to admit 2, 3 and 4 year olds, governing bodies will have to explore new delivery structures. Nottinghamshire County Council has produced early years guidance for all schools including maintained, Academy and Free Schools.
The guidance aims to set out the current opportunities to deliver the full childcare entitlement and supports schools to navigate through the process of establishing and maintaining high quality early years provision.
To find out more please contact Early Childhood Services firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training and Support
You can find out about the training and support on offer to childcare providers on our early years training page.
Childcare providers registered with Ofsted are able to access support with early years provision and practice through our early years quality and attainment team. To access this support contact email@example.com.
We offer advice, guidance and support to both new and existing childcare businesses to ensure that they become and remain sustainable.
For support with setting up or running a childcare business, please contact:
- telephone: 0115 977 2510
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Years Improvement Plan
You can also see our Early Years Improvement Plan for September 2016 to August 2018 [PDF].
This has been updated to include the latest actions being taken to ensure that children and their families are supported in their development, through the provision of high quality early education and childcare that prepares them for school.
For further support, please visit Nottinghamshire Help Yourself.
Interested in working in childcare? If you have a passion for nurturing young children, supporting their early learning and providing play activities that enable them to explore and develop, then working in an early years role could be the career for you. Find out more about working in childcare.