Childminding | A rewarding and flexible career choice

Published: 13 December 2019

If you love children and want to give them the best start, would like to have a rewarding career, then being a registered childminder might be the profession for you.

What training do I need?

Ofsted requires that you complete training which helps you to understand and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage before you can register with them. Our two and a half hour, face-to-face Ofsted briefing session (OBS) tells you all the information you need to decide whether childminding is the right career choice for you. It looks at all aspects of childminding, the training course and other processes that are involved in registering

What qualities do I need to be a successful childminder?

To be a successful childminder, you need to have the following qualities;

  • Be adaptable  

  • Be approachable

  • Ability to run your own business

  • Be committed to providing quality care

  • Be committed to ongoing professional development

  • Passionately believe all children deserve the best start in life

When are the Ofsted Briefing Sessions?

High Wycombe 

Venue: The Disraeli School, The Pastures, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP13 5JS

Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020

Time: 7:15pm to 9:45pm


Venue: To Be Confirmed 

Date: To Be Confirmed 

Time: To Be Confirmed 


When do the courses start?

In order to start a childminding course, you must first attend the briefing session.


Venue:  Sivatech, Gatehouse Close, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8DJ (for Sat Nav please use HP19 8DE)  

Dates: 25 January 2020, 1 February 2020 and 15 February 2020

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm 

High Wycombe 

Venue: The Disraeli School, The Pastures, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP13 5JS

Dates: 7 March 2020, 14 March 2020 and 21 March 2020

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm


For more information and registration

If you have any queries about the Ofsted Briefing Sessions and/or Introduction to Childminding Course, or would like to book a place, please contact:

The Early Years Team at Buckinghamshire County Council


Telephone: 01296 387 111

For further information about becoming a childminder visit at the Early Years Step by Step - Becoming a Childminder page.