Becoming a childminder

Childminders look after children of all ages in their own home. If you love working with children, it could be the ideal career for you.

Becoming a childminder will allow you to:

  • run your own business.
  • fit your business around your lifestyle.
  • support the children that you care for to grow and develop.
  • quality care that meets the needs of families.
  • become part of the childcare community in Southend.

You will need the following qualities:

  • an understanding of, or a desire to learn, how children learn and develop.
  • commitment to professional development by attending on-going training.
  • ability to work in partnership with parents/carers and other professional agencies.
  • ability to run your own business by keeping good records to ensure its viability.
  • Find out more about becoming a childminder as well as tips from those already running a successful childminding business.
  • Find out the costs involved in registering.
  • Check out this short video about childminding.

Childminder Start Up Grants

Childminders are a vital way to deliver affordable and flexible care and government recognises that we need more of them.

To help people to become childminders, government is introducing a start-up grant scheme, providing £1200 to childminders who choose to register with a childminding agency and £600 to those that register with Ofsted.

Are you thinking about becoming a childminder in Southend?

Come to one of our free sessions. The session will help you decide if childminding is right for you.

To book a session or if you have any questions contact