North Lincolnshire Council

Home Based Childcare – becoming a Childminder

If you are interested in becoming a childminder and providing home based childcare, you can attend one of our Childminder Briefing sessions.

These Childminder Briefing sessions [PDF, 193Kb] are delivered over two hours and are held at the Learning Development Centre (LDC) in Scunthorpe. The role of the childminder is explained as well as the Ofsted registration and inspection process. You will need to register with Ofsted if you wish to care for children from birth to seven years for more than two hours in any one day and for reward.

The briefing will help you to make an informed decision as to whether providing home based childcare is for you. Sessions are held throughout the year and future dates are promoted on our  page and .

For more information or to book a place on one of these briefing sessions please call 01724 296650.

The Childminder Briefing session will also give you information on a further course that is available – an introduction to Home Based Childcare (IHBC). This will support your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The IHBC Schedule – 2018 [PDF, 120Kb] lists the workshops held at the Learning Development Centre on Enderby Road in Scunthorpe.

The programme is optional. However, evidence and experience has shown that it successfully supports potential individuals who wish to register with Ofsted as a childminder because of its focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage.

It also provides individuals with the opportunity to meet and interact with tutors who are members of the Early Years team providing specialised support for all early years providers.

As the programme is workshop based, it provides learners with the opportunity to ask questions and explore areas further.

Depending upon whether an individual has relevant early years or childcare qualifications and/or experience, they may choose to attend specific sessions rather than the whole programme.

Learners from outside North Lincolnshire are encouraged to access safeguarding training from their local authority to ensure they are compliant with local safeguarding procedures.

Once enrolled onto the programme, learners are encouraged to sign up for an on-line group forum. This enables them to link up with other students on the course, tutors and locality childminders.  Locality childminders are designated, experienced childminders in each area of North Lincolnshire, who can provide learners from North Lincolnshire with practical support and development opportunities, such as experiencing a stay and play session at a children’s centre and visiting a childminding business.

For North Lincolnshire based learners, once they have decided that they do wish to register as a childminder then further ongoing support is provided on an individual basis at their home.

The cost for the full IHBC programme is £185. However, £20 will be deducted from this if the applicant has already paid for a  North Lincolnshire childminder briefing.

For more information or to book a place on the IHBC, please call us on 01724 296650.

Having completed the IHBC, we are able to offer the opportunity for individuals to take the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare. This qualification is also delivered at the LDC. It is held as a series of fortnightly two-hour evening workshops over a nine to ten month period. Support is also provided via email or telephone and home visits. This enables learners to complete a number of tasks and build a portfolio of evidence which is then assessed, quality assured and certificated.

Comments from recent successful achievers clearly indicate that it is a very supportive and useful programme:

“All in all a very valuable course which has helped me gain the knowledge and understanding that is required.” (CACHE learner).