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, e.g. you get paid or receive a gift i.e. shopping, flowers etc.
If you're caring for children under the age of 12 years for less than two hours a day, or if the child / children you're caring for is a close relative (e.g. grandchild, niece / nephew, brother / sister) you do not need to be registered.
The Childcare and Early Years Service (CEYS) team are responsible for the initial registration and annual re-registration of all childminders.
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.
Requirements of Registration Childminders
If you then decide you want to become registered you must meet the requirements of registration before you can register:
Some of the steps you must take are:
- complete a pre-registration online course (see details of how to do this below)
- agree to personal checks on you and all members of your household over 16 years
- agree to Disclosure and Barring checks (DBS) and joining of the DBS update service annually by all members of your household over 16 years
- complete a Risk Assessment document and discuss any issues or changes to be made to meet the standards of safety in your home with a member of the CEYS team
- attend a basic training course which is organised throughout the year as demand dictates and runs across 3 Saturday's from approx 9am - 3.30pm. (The next cohort of training will start in January / February 2018, exact dates will be given nearer the time). The Jersey Association of Child Carers (JACC) organise and run this course and provide information and support on the business aspect of registered childminding.
- complete paediatric first aid training, CEYS child safeguarding / protection training, fire safety training and food hygiene level 2 training
You will also be limited in the number of children that you can care for at any one time (this includes your own children).
Jersey Association of Child Carers website
Pre-registration online course
The pre-registration course, will give you information about:
- the registration process
- your responsibilities as a childminder
You must complete the course and get a certificate before you can apply to become a registered childminder.
To access the Pre-registration course:
- email your course booking request to the Learning & Development manager, Education Department - Email Learning & Development manager
- make sure you include your name and email address and mark the subject - Pre-registration course booking
- the Learning & Development manager will then email you details of how to log in to your training. You can then complete the course and the assessment
- once you have passed the course you will be able to print off or save your certificate
- if you decide you want to apply to become registered email a copy of your certificate to CEYS - Email CEYS Team
- when CEYS recieve your certificate an application to register will be sent to you
- when you return your application all checks will be made by CEYS.
- CEYS will then contact you to make an appointment for you and all members of your household over 16 years to complete a DBS check
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.