January 2024 - New childcare offer for eligible working parents of 2 year olds

We are aware that some parents are experiencing difficulties with the application process for the new 2 year old funding offer, please do signpost them to HMRC Childcare Service helpline on 0300 123 4097 who will be able to advise.

Information can also be accessed through the Childcare Choices  website. As a Local Authority we have no authority on this process and currently have no additional information to that which has been published on Childcare Choices.

Early Years

Registering as a Childminder or Nanny

Registering as a Childminder or Nanny

Registering as a Childminder:

A childminder is a person who receives payment for working in their own home, looking after at least one child for more than two hours a day.

In order to make effective business decisions in these early stages, it is essential that you decide on the duration and type of childcare you wish to provide as the relevant registration with Ofsted will be required.  You will also need to have a sound understanding of the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Childcare Register. The EYFS covers children from birth to 31st August following their 5th birthday (end of reception stage at school) and the childcare register from Year 1 upwards (compulsory and voluntary parts).Information about these registration requirements are available from the Ofsted Website.

You should look at and consider carefully the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children age birth to five, which need to be met in order to achieve Ofsted registration.

Want to learn more about becoming a registered childminder in Buckinghamshire? Discover what you need to know in this childminder information pack for those living in Buckinghamshire Childminder Information Booklet

Introductory Childminding Sessions

Buckinghamshire Council Early Years offer an Information Session for those wishing to become childminders (e-learning) training session – 45 minutes with a member of the Early Years team. If you are interested in becoming a registered Childminder there is an expectation that you watch the Information Session before booking onto the training course that is available through Buckinghamshire Early Years Service. Watch the Information Session

If you require additional support and guidance please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Early Years Team on 01296 387111 or email earlyyears@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Registering as a Nanny:

Nannies and au pairs, also known as ‘home childcares’, look after children of any age in the child’s own home.

As a nanny, you can look after children from 2 different families at the home of one of the families. However, if more than 2 families use the care at the same time, it is classed as childminding and you will need to register as a childminder.

Nannies do not have to register with Ofsted. However, you can choose to register with them voluntarily. This means that parent may be able to get help with childcare costs.

For more information on registering as a Nanny please follow this link.

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