Want to find the best childminder course to get qualified? Ofsted lists three topics in particular as a must to care for children under 5. There are plenty of online courses for childminders that claim to meet these Ofsted requirements, but which ones are essential, how do you find the best ones, and what might they cost? Read on for a quick breakdown!

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Finding the best childminder course to get qualified is the key!

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Paediatric first aid


Early Years Foundation Stage

Food hygiene

Safe Sleep

Positive behaviour management

Meal planning

Outdoor Learning

How much will it cost?

Optional: Pre-application introductory course

Before you make the decision to start formal childcare training, we offer an introductory online course. It’s short (less than an hour), open to anyone and totally free. It covers things like pathways into a career in childcare, typical qualifications and a taster of common childcare topics. It’s the perfect introduction and a great way to see if childcare training is right for you. You can sign up and start training here.

Mandatory: Paediatric first aid course

You can’t register as a qualified childminder with Ofsted or a childminding agency if you don’t complete a up-to-date first aid course specifically designed for children. The course will teach you how to deal with accidents big and small for babies, toddlers, and children. It needs to be at least 12 hours, and the fees for a suitable childminder course can be anything from £60–£200.

Mandatory: Safeguarding course

Ofsted sometimes refers to a safeguarding course as a ‘child protection course’, but they are the same thing. You will need to demonstrate an understanding of the safeguarding process during your childminder registration visit, and have a safeguarding policy in place too. Koru Kids have already created a safeguarding course and policy for any childminders registering with us as part of our free, extensive training, but if you get it elsewhere the costs can range from £50–£200.

Mandatory: Early years foundation stage course

Ofsted expects childminders to read and understand the EYFS framework. It will be part of your daily routine, and most childcare providers keep a record of children’s progress in a learning journal. Understanding of childhood development for the early years isn’t just important—it’s vital. It can be hard to tell if the courses you find cover what you need as a childminder, but the fees can be anything from £10–£120.

Important: Food hygiene course

The safe preparation and storage of the food you serve in your setting seems like a no-brainer, so it’s surprising that this course is optional for qualified childminders. An online food hygiene course that covers what you need in an early years setting could cost you £15–£35. At Koru Kids, it’s part of the free training we offer our childminders–we think it’s pretty important!

Important: Safe sleep course

Children need a safe space to sleep, and that means a healthy ‘sleeping environment’ for naps. Knowing what’s right and wrong here is vital for children’s safety, and really important to parents. The fee for a basic safe sleep course for childminders is around £25.

Useful: Positive behaviour management course

What is positive behaviour management? Well, it’s mainly about dealing with the tantrums you’ll face when looking after children under 5 (spoiler—they’re going to happen). Luckily, this will teach you how to prevent tantrums before they start, and handle them calmly when they do. If you want to learn how to address negative behaviour in a positive way, it can cost about £25–£35 for an appropriate childminder course.

Useful: Serving food, and meal plans

Children don’t run on giggles alone, so when it’s time to tuck in it’s good to have some solid knowledge about what to cook at meal-times, menus, nutrition and more. A course like this focusses on what goes in the food and how to serve it, how much, when, and why. It’s a bit different to a food hygiene course which covers safe preparation and storage. Fees for a basic introduction to meal plans and serving food in your setting are usually £20–£30.

Wonderful: Outdoor learning childminder course

This is also called ‘Forest School’. We don’t know how you plan to run your childminder business, but playing outdoors with children is a really important part of the day for childminders at Koru Kids. There are many benefits to outdoor-based learning, and we aren’t the only ones who think so: childminder course fees in this subject area can be up to £185. 

More to learn

On top of the courses already mentioned, Koru Kids deliver free childminder courses in: preparing for your registration visit, running your business, setting up your home, building relationships, record keeping, and SEND. In a nutshell, if you choose to become a childminder with Koru Kids, you’ll get everything you need to be amazing at your job, covered by us. So much easier than finding all those courses by yourself!

How much does it cost to become a childminder?

Keep in mind these additional costs if you are registering as a childminder with Ofsted:

  • £35.00 Ofsted Registration fees Early Years register, yearly
  • £48.10 Enhanced DBS check (for every person aged 16+ in your home, then £13.00 yearly)
  • £35.00–£90.00 Health declaration
  • £25.00–£100.00 Public liability insurance
  • £40.00 ICO (digital records of children)
  • £170–£1500.00 Accountant, yearly
  • Equipment and furniture (you can get a £500 interest-free loan for this with Koru Kids as your childminding agency)

Are these included in a free childminder course?

If you choose to become a childminder with Koru Kids, we offer a free childminder course that covers everything you need (and want) to know. We ask for a £50 refundable deposit that you get back with your first earnings, but the course fees themselves are completely covered.

And don’t forget our free introductory course, if you’re still unsure about what to do.

We are on a mission to save childminders the hassle of paperwork, taxes, finding assistants or families, choosing insurance, managing pensions, and creating and updating policies. Spending your evenings and weekends relaxing instead of sorting out paperwork makes for a much happier childminder. You’ll also have more energy to brave those puddles, build that tower, and give the kids you care for an extra cuddle or two.

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