A Guide to Becoming a Childminder

Information for Childminding


A Childminder, single-handedly takes care of pre-school children (children under 6 years of age and not yet in primary school), including the childminder’s own children, in the childminder’s home.  A childminder can provide for a maximum of 5 children at any one time, including their own children under the age of 6 or not yet in primary school.

A Guide to Becoming a Childminder

This document has been developed by the Childminding Development Officer Team, September

Guidance during COVID-19

Guidance for childminders on the First Five website has been updated.
Lots of free resources available including:
  • Childminding guidelines during Covid 19
  • Childminding risk assessment template
  • Infection control policy for Childminders
  • Childminding Covid 19 contract with parents
And so much more, follow this link to download your own copies: