Before you register with Ofsted

Read the information on setting up a Childminding Business in Suffolk

Anyone wishing to become an Ofsted registered childminder ‘must have completed training which helps them to understand and implement the EYFS before they can register with Ofsted or a childminder agency’

This now means that the prospective childminder needs to judge whether they feel they have the knowledge, skills and competencies to fulfil this. 

First Aid

It is important that all Childminders have their Paediatric First Aid qualification before registering with Ofsted. For more information please look at the Paediatric First Aid page.

If you decide you wish to undertake a course, you can do an internet search and find out what courses are suitable. Professional Association for Childcare and the Early Years (PACEY), may be useful to review.

Continued Professional Development (CPD) training

To access and view the training courses on offer and to book onto individual courses you will need to create an account on Suffolk CPD Online.  Until you have an Ofsted registration number you will be charged the ‘others’ rate for your training.

We strongly recommend the following courses:

  • Introduction to the EYFS (Course code E-IEY)
  • An introduction to the role of the SENCo – (Course code E-SEND)
  • Early Years Safeguarding training – (course code E-SG) 

Once you have become a registered childminder add your Ofsted registration number to your CPD account which will allow you to access training at a subsidised rate. This will support you in further developing your skills and knowledge.

To view our full list of courses go to Training Courses.

In-Setting Training for Childminding Groups

Did you know that all childminding groups can access the full range of in setting training? For a full list of courses go to Training Courses. or type ‘insetting’ into the course code search box on Suffolk CPD online.

If you are new to childminding you can find information about your local childminder training group through local Children centres or by searching for childminder in setting training courses already organised on CPD online. To join an established group contact the network lead for the group found in the course details information box.

For further information about training please email

Go to childminding information page for further support.