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What is a childminder?

As a childminder you are self-employed and seen as a professional looking after children aged from 0 to 16 years. You work in your own home and implement the safeguarding and welfare requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Childminders are registered and inspected by Ofsted the governing body.

Childminders may also offer, respite care, support for teenage parents, short breaks for disabled children, mentoring for prospective childminders and some even work in partnership with other childminders.

As a registered childminder you may also be able to access Government funding to provide childcare for some 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

View details of registered childminders in Telford and Wrekin.

What is a Network Childminder?

Childminders who are members of the 'Talking Childminders Network' have to work to additional criteria and be able to demonstrate the quality improvement principles:

  • the professional childminder
  • leadership and management
  • quality learning and teaching
  • safeguarding and welfare
  • excellent outcomes for children.

More information about choosing a network childminder to provide care for your children can be found in our leaflet.

Download a list of our Network Childminders

What service does the Council provide?

The childminding service within Telford & Wrekin Council offers advice and support to existing childminders ensuring the service they provide is of high quality. We support with training, preparation for Ofsted inspections and ensure childminders link with local support.

In addition they offer briefing sessions to people wishing to become childminders and support them through the registration process. This involves completing home safety checks, advice on relevant training for example: first aid for children, and safeguarding. They hold six briefing sessions a year and each session last 2.5 hours.

The next child minding briefing sessions are:

Date Time Location
Saturday 7 September 2019 10am - 12 noon Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford, TF3 4HS
Saturday 5 October 2019 10am - 12 noon Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford, TF3 4HS
Saturday 2 November 2019 10am - 12 noon Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford, TF3 4HS
Saturday 14 December 2019 10am - 12 noon Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford, TF3 4HS
Saturday 11 January 2020 10am - 12 noon Meeting Point, House, Southwater Square, Telford, TF3 4HS

To book a place on the next briefing session contact talkingchildminders@telford.gov.uk.

Starting a childcare business is not just a matter of child's play! As with any business, there are a number of regulations which you will have to meet before you can open your doors to children.

PACEY also offer some very informative support, you can view this information via the links below:

Download the information leaflet


The Network aims to make sure that the standard of childcare you offer is consistently of the highest quality and is reviewed regularly.


HMRC free online educational support for Childminders

Live webinars for Childminders, including a question and answer sessions.

There are also E-Learning packages, Tax Advice for Childminders   plus our recent addition Business expenses for the Self-employed and a HMRC ready reckoner.

Any queries regarding this support please contact 03000 529670.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

View our FAQs, they may help you decide if childminding is for you!

Last updated: 12.36pm on Monday 30 September 2019

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