So, you want to be a Childminder?
If the answer is "yes", but you are confused and a little bit daunted by what steps you need to take, then read on . . .
Being a childminder is a very rewarding and exciting career, but should not be entered into without careful consideration. Running your own business is also rewarding, but it can often be quite daunting to make that leap. The good news is that Rutland Early Years is here to help you. We have experience in helping new and existing childminders through every step of their journey, from application (Agency or Ofsted), to getting up and running as a business and beyond.
As of 2014, childminders have been able to choose to register with a childminding agency, or Ofsted. Whichever route you choose, Rutland Early Years are here to support you.
If you would like to register with Rutland Early Years, rather than Ofsted...
If you would like a career in childminding, but Ofsted isn't the route for you, here is a bit of information as to what our agency is all about.
Rutland Early Years, is a regulatory body, registered and regulated by Ofsted. We follow the same inspection framework and use the same grade descriptors as Ofsted, so you can be certain that the quality assurance standards are the same. When you apply to the agency, we work with local authorities, Ofsted and our DBS partner to process your checks as efficiently as possible, aiming to get you registered as quickly as we can.
Our members are important to us and we want to ensure that you feel fully supported in everything you do to develop your independent business. This is why we are available by email, text and phone to answer any questions you may have.
So what happens next?
Whether you choose to register with Rutland Early Years or Ofsted, the diagrams below give an idea of the processes involved.
You can find some further useful information to help you make your decision in the 'Things to Consider' download below and then get started by signing up with the New Childminder Setup button below.