Becoming a registered childminder step by step

Curious if you can be a childminder? Check if you can be a childminder

Ready to go without the upfront costs

Koru Kids will hold your hand through all of the steps involved. Because we carry out your home visit ourselves there are no hold-ups waiting for Ofsted (and no scary inspectors).

We can get you through the process in 8 weeks—or you can go slower if you prefer. We cover almost all the costs involved in becoming registered—saving you up to £3,000.

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Pre-school children in childminder setting enjoying and learning out of doors

We hold your hand through every step of becoming a childminder

Apply online

Have a chat with one of our supportive team so we can learn more about you and you'll have the opportunity to ask even the silliest of questions.

We'll send you an online questionnaire to find out more about you, your family and your home.

Free training

Easy-to-follow and comprehensive online training covering paediatric first aid, safe sleeping, food hygiene, behaviour management, safeguarding, how to run your business, and delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Our training is mostly delivered online, and you can do most of it in your own time to fit around your current childcare or work commitments.

Before starting the training we ask for a £50 deposit, which you will get back in your first month's earnings.

The legal stuff

We'll gather professional references, run a DBS on you and any adults you live with, and do local authority and credit checks.

Get set, go

We'll guide you through making your home safe and welcoming to families. We can offer an interest-free loan of £500 to help you with home set-up costs.

One of our friendly assessors will visit you at home as soon as you've finished training—no waiting on Ofsted for months.



Is this the only way to become a childminder?

No. You can apply direct to Ofsted.

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Registering via Ofsted

  • Application. You'll have to take the lead, following Ofsted's online information.

  • Steps. You'll generally have to work things out at your own pace.

  • Time. It can take an average of three months to get registered once you apply.

  • Support. Ofsted have a helpline and general online information.

  • Costs. You need to pay your Ofsted registration fee, health declaration, DBS checks, and find money to get your home ready.

  • Training. You need to find your own courses to complete (and pay for) it before you can apply. Your local authority might help.

  • Home visit. Seen by an Ofsted inspector, who will give you results at the end.

  • Rating. At registration no grading is given. At subsequent inspections you'll be awarded Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate.

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Registering via Koru Kids

  • Application. We have high standards but we will give you feedback at every step so you know what's expected.

  • Steps. We support you through a clear, guided step by step process.

  • Time. You can be registered in as little as 8 weeks.

  • Support. Lots. At the end of the line for even the silliest of questions.

  • Costs. All your costs covered (almost) and a £500 interest free loan available to pay for changes to your home.

  • Training. Advanced training included - saving you up to £3,000. Our training will ensure you stand out to parents.

  • Home visit. Visited by one of our friendly assessors who are always clear about their expectations.

  • Rating. Given a Good or Outstanding. We will fully support you to achieve that Outstanding rating, with lots of training and guidance.

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