Caring for children in your own home
A childminder provides childcare for children aged 0 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
You must meet the requirements for registration before you can register:
- you must come to a pre-registration meeting
- you must agree to personal checks and police checks on all members of your household who are over 16 years old
- 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, first aid training and child protection training which will start in September each year
You will also be limited in the number of children, including your own children, that you can care for at any one time.
At the pre-registration meeting, you will learn about:
- the registration process
- the business aspect
- your responsibilities as a childminder
You must attend a meeting before you can apply to become a childminder.
The next meeting has not yet been arranged but is likely to be in February / March 2017.
To come to a meeting, email the Childcare & Early Years Service (CEYS) team team or call +44 (0) 1534 449387.
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.