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Becoming a Childminder

Information for those wishing to start a career in childminding in the Vale of Glamorgan


Childminding is when a person is paid to look after one or more child under the age of 12 on domestic premises, for example their home.


Childminders can offer: Full day care and part time care including before and afterschool provision including atypical hours e.g, evening, weekends and overnight, provision, wrap around care, provision during the school holidays, and free childcare places.


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We can provide you with information on childminders in your area and the number of enquiries we've had for childcare in your area. 


To become a childminder you must:


  • Complete a Briefing Session

    Complete a briefing session: You can book onto a PACEY online briefing session below.   

    Email PACEY Cymru:     


    PACEY Online Briefing SessionPACEY Toolkit

    PACEY Nanny Leaflet (PDF)

  • Complete a Pre-Registration Course: 

    Complete units 326 Introduction to home-based childcare (IHC) and 327 Preparing for Childminding Practice (PCP).


    These are worth 10 credits towards full Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care Play Learning and Development.  


    To become a registered Childminder you will need to pass both units.  


    Financial support will be offered to those who are considering becoming a childminder.  Anyone interested will need to meet the criteria and adhere to Terms and Conditions of the funding available. Please email for further information.


    You will also need to complete a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid course, Child Protect/Safeguarding and Food Hygiene/Safety.


    To be registered under the Voluntary Home Approval Scheme (as a nanny in the child’s own home) you will need to pass the first unit 326 Introduction to home-based childcare (IHC).  You may want to consider this as a career, for more information:


    Approval of Home Childcare Providers (Wales) Scheme 2021


  • Contact Vale of Glamorgan Planning Department 

    You will need to contact Vale of Glamorgan Planning department to discuss your plans to run a childminding business from your home.


    You will need to comply with their recommendations.


    Contact them on 01446 704681 or email:


  • Complete and Submit Your Application to Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) 

    Once you have completed your pre-registration units and a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid, you will need to create an online account with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) and complete an online application.  This will include health reference from your doctor, details of your qualifications and certificates and DBS Enhanced Disclosure for you and all household all members aged 16 years or over. 


    All gas appliances including gas fired boilers will require a Gas Safe check together with a safety certificate.


    Register a Childcare and Play Services with CIW

  • Register with Information Commissioners Office (ICO): 

    If you plan to store certain data electronically and/or take digital photos on a mobile, phone, tablet etc. you will need to register with the ICO.
    Only register once you have been registered as a childminder by Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW).
    For more information:    


    Data Protection Fee

  • Register with Shared Regulatory Services: 

    If you plan to provide food including light snacks you will need to register with Shared Regulatory Services / Environmental Health.


    Register a Food Business

  • Register as Self-Employed with HMRC 

     As a childminder you'll need to register as self-employed with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and keep records/receipts.  


    Help and support if you are self-employed

  • Meet the National Minimum Standards for Regulated  Childcare for Children up to the age of 12 years

    Childminders must be registered with CIW and must meet the National Minimum Standards. These are Minimum Standards for registration and in order to provide quality childcare, the general expectation is that you work toward ensuring that these basic standards are exceeded. 


    National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare

  • Apply for an Enhanced DBS Check

     All members of your household will need to have an Enhanced DBS check. These can be provided by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and more information is on our web page for Existing Childcare Providers


Once you have registered...

Please get in touch with us once you register as a childminder so we can promote your service free of charge to families across the Vale and keep you updated with training and funding opportunities.


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