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Becoming a registered childminder

Caring for children in your own home

A childminder provides childcare for children 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 (get paid, receive a gift for example shopping, flowers) when you are not registered.

When registration is not required

You do not need to be registered if you do not receive a reward.

In some cases you do not need to be registered, even if you do receive a reward. This applies if:

  • you're caring for children under the age of 12 years for less than two hours in any day
  • the child / children you're caring for is a close relative (e.g. grandchild, niece / nephew, brother / sister)

If you are looking after the children of close relatives in your own home, they can claim childcare tax relief if you are registered.

The Childcare and Early Years Service (CEYS) team are responsible for registration and review of all childminders.

Things to consider before applying 

  • you will be limited in the number of children that you can care for at any one time (this calculation includes your own children or any you may be fostering)
  • 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
  • you should carefully consider your family needs, and involve them in your decision

The Jersey Association of Child Carers

The Jersey Association of Child Carers can give information and advice on the business aspect of childminding and work together with CEYS to provide support to applicant and registered childminders.

Requirements of registration

If you're considering becoming a registered childminder you should read the requirements of registration of childminders so you can make an informed decision about whether to proceed. You must make sure you meet the requirements of registration before you can become registered.

Requirements of Registration Childminders

Pre-registration online course

You must complete the pre-registration online course and get a certificate before you can apply to become a registered childminder.

The pre-registration course will give you information about:

  • the registration process
  • your responsibilities as a childminder

To access the pre-registration course:

  • email the Learning and Development manager at the Education Department
  • you must include your name and email address and mark the subject - Pre-registration course booking
  • the Learning and Development manager will then email you your log on details

You can then complete the course and the assessment. 

You must apply to become registered within two months of completing the Pre-registration course, and complete the registration process within 12 months of submitting your application to register.

Applying to register as a childminder

Once you have completed the course you will be able to print off or save your pre-registration certificate. If you then decide to apply to become registered you must email CEYS a copy of your certificate or post to the address at the top right of this page.

We will acknowledge receipt of your certificate within five working days and send you:

  • an application to register
  • a declaration of health
  • a risk assessment

You must complete and return these. We will then:

  • contact you to arrange a visit to your home to assess it's suitability for childminding
  • if relevant request confirmation from your landlord that you can childmind on their premises
  • send a link to all members of your household 16 years and over to complete an online DBS form and make an appointment to validate all identities. Each individual will need a separate email address so the link can be sent. You must all join the DBS update scheme and continue this on an annual basis
  • carry out all checks identified in the pre-registration online course, including writing to:
      • your health visitor, if you have children 5 years and under
      • the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
      • the Connetable of your Parish
      • two referees that can comment on your suitability to care for children
      • your doctor, to confirm the content of your declaration of health

Registered childminder mandatory training

You need to complete all training listed below before you can become registered. You can arrange to complete this while you are waiting for your checks to be approved.

You must submit your application to register before you can access any of the CEYS or Highlands training below.

​Training / course name
​Training / course type
​How to book
​Cost
​Details
​CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare​Self-guided study and research using paper based documents ​How to book details will be sent to you with your course code by CEYS
​£140 You must complete the course and submit your work for assessment and quality assurance within 8 months of CEYS receiving your registration application.
​CEYS Safeguarding/Child Protection training (6 hours)​1 Face to face sessionEmail CEYS team to book a space

​Currently free

​This training gives an insight into what Safeguarding is and how to recognise the different areas of abuse that children and young people may be at risk from, how to manage a disclosure and where and who to go to if you suspect a child or young person is being abused
Jersey Association of Child Carers (JACC) Business Aspect of Childminding​2 Face to face sessionsEmail CEYS team to book a space​Currently free

​Session 1 - covers responsibilities of a childminder, tax, social security, expenses, finance and accounting

Session 2 - covers partnership with parents and associated paperwork and documents

​Paediatric First AidFace to face​ training​An approved registered provider​Varies​All aspects of Paediatric First Aid training
​Fire Safety training​OnlineYou can source your own training or  Email the Learning and Development manager to access this at a reduced rate​Varies by provider (£8.50 through Education department)​Requirements for Safety in the Home
​Food Hygiene Level 2​Online​You can source your own training or email the Learning and Development manager to access this at a reduced rate​Varies by provider (£8.50 through Education department)​General Food Safety
​Car Seat SafetyFace to face​​​Email CEYS team to book a space​Free

General car seat safety

You can see a full list of training available in the children's workforce training directory

Children's Workforce training directory

Visiting your home to start the registration process

At the registration visit the CEYS officer will document and discuss any actions, issues or changes to be made to meet the standards of safety in your home with you. 

You will need to have completed any actions identified, as well as the mandatory training, in order that you can become registered and before the visit to complete your registration.

Visiting your home to complete the registration process

You must contact us to arrange a date for the visit to complete the registration process once you have completed all actions identified, and all checks and training are completed satisfactorily.

At this visit you will need to be set up as open for business with all safety features in place. The CEYS officer will let you know if any further actions are required. 

Once everything is satisfactory you must email your insurance details to the department.

You have one year from the date you submit your application to become registered, otherwise you will need to go.

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