Caring for children in your own home
A childminder provides childcare for children aged from birth to 12 years in their own home, and must become registered under the Day Care of Children (Jersey) Law 2002.
It's an offence to care for children if you receive a reward (eg you get paid), unless you're caring for children under the age of 12 years old for less than two hours a day, or the child / children you're caring for is a close relative.
Registering to become a childminder
If you are considering becoming a registered childminder you should read the requirements of registration so you can make an informed decision.
Download Requirements of Registration Childminders
If you then decide you want to become registerd you must meet the requirements of registration before you can register:
Some of the steps you must take are:
- you must complete a pre-registration session
- you must agree to personal checks and Disclosure and Barring checks (DBS) on all members of your household who are over 16 years old and you must all join the DBS update service and keep this updated annually while you are caring for children
- the standard and safety of your home will be assessed, and you may be asked to make changes to meet safety requirements
- you will have to get public liability insurance
- you will have to attend a basic training course which will start in September each year, as well as paediatric first aid training, child protection training and food hygiene level 2 training
You will also be limited in the number of children, including your own children, that you can care for at any one time.
The pre-registration course, will give you information about:
- the registration process
- the business aspect
- your responsibilities as a childminder
You must complete the course and gain a certificate before you can apply to become a registered childminder.
The last face to face course was on Wednesday 5 April 2017.
The next course will be available online and due to be ready in the next few months. As soon as it is available you will be able to access it from this page.
Email Childcare Registration Team
How if affects your family
Another child in your home will affect your own family life.
Your family will have to share your home with another child and your children will have to share your time.
Before you apply to register, you should carefully consider your family needs, and involve them in your decision.