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Introductory Training Course (Ofsted Recognised)

CPD certified online training Contains 5 modules

This course covers all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) necessary for registration with Ofsted plus extra information that will help you build a high quality and sustainable childminding business. Suitable for those registering on the Early Years Register, or BOTH the Early Years and Childcare Registers.


About this course

The requirements for Ofsted are the same wherever you live in England, so whichever county in England you live in, if you are going to register as a childminder with Ofsted or with a childminding agency, this course will give you the information you need.

Each module has a multiple-choice knowledge test at the end which you need to pass in order to print off your certificate for that module. Once you have completed all 5 modules, you will be able to print off your Childminder Introductory Training Certificate too, which you will need to show to Ofsted or your childminder agency.

There are no assignments or requirements for written tests to pass this course. Each module is likely to take between 2 and 3 hours to complete. We suggest that you complete the modules in the following order:

  1. Understanding and Working with the EYFS A step by step journey through the EYFS which explains how the requirements should be implemented in a childminding setting

  2. Recording Children’s Development Includes observing and assessing children and planning next steps, linking observations to the areas and aspects of learning and characteristics of effective learning. Set out on the EYFS

  3. Safeguarding Children Introduces the relevant documentation you need to know about and covers how to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and how to record and refer concerns. It also covers information about Prevent Duty, Female Genital Mutilation, Child Sexual Exploitation, Breast Ironing, Gang Activity- including County Lines and Signs of Safety which is an international process that has been adopted by many areas of England. It has gained course approval from the Northamptonshire Local Safeguarding Children Board. For childminders who will employ others, it includes a safeguarding children employers responsiblity handout.

  4. Developing Children’s Learning Information to help you fully understand and support children’s learning. There are 3 main topics: Child Development (including mental health and Attachment Theory), Equality diversity and inclusion and Play.

  5. Leading and Managing a Childminding Setting All you need to know about the business aspects and practical issues of running a successful childminding business including information about how best to market your business, how to comply with tax and insurance requirements and much more…

We are pleased to work with some Local Authorities who provide this course and have had some positive feedback which we thought you may like to see: 'We’ve had a look at this course and we like it: it is well structured, clear and would be really useful for people in the process of setting up their childminding business.' 'We have had a look through the course and it looks very good, we particularly like the Safeguarding questions, which myself and my colleagues who are all safeguarding trainers have looked at ' 'We are very impressed by the quality of the content.'

Once you have purchased this course, you will be able to purchase annual Childminding UK membership at a discounted cost of only £70 for the first year (normally £90. The discount is not available on the monthly payment plan). The membership package includes more online training and lots of childminding resources you can use in your childminding work.

All Childminding UK online training supports the use of Browser Extensions for translation and Dyslexia support. If you currently use a Browser Extension you can be confident that you will be able to use it while completing your training.

I very much enjoyed the course as it enabled me to work at my own pace which suited my busy family life, it also provided me with the knowledge I needed to feel confident in taking this step to register as a childminder Taken from Learner Evaluation Form

This course contains 5 modules:

About CPD Accreditation

Step one

Once successfully completed we'll send your name, email address and details of this module to the CPD Accreditation Service.

Step two

The CPD Accreditation Service will email you a certificate showing the number of CPD hours you have earned.

Step three

You can store or print the certificate as a record of your Continuing Professional Development.

About this online training

How long do I have to complete the training?

This course will be available for one year from the date of purchase and can be accessed and completed as many times as needed during that period.

After one year, access can be purchased again at a discounted rate

Can I buy this training as a gift?

Yes, but please make sure you create a new account for the recipient and purchase whilst logged into that account. This ensures certificates are issued in the correct name.