Childminder Training

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 we offer, check course costs, dates and book individual courses go to Training, qualifications & how to apply – Suffolk Learning

We strongly recommend the following courses:

  • Introduction to the EYFS 
  • An introduction to the role of the SENCo 
  • Characteristics of effective learning
  • Safeguarding Children (group 2/3) e-learning

You will need to register with Suffolk CPD to access e-learning

e-Learning WMB Learning Management System (

In-setting training for groups of childminders

Did you know that groups of childminders can access the full range of in setting training?

For a full list of courses, course costs, dates and to express your interest in a particular course  go to; Training-in-setting – Suffolk Learning 

For further information about training please email [email protected]

Go to childminding information page for further support.

Picture Exchange Communication system (PECs) Level 1 Online training for Childminders

We are pleased to offer childminders this opportunity to access the PECs Level 1 online training fully funded. For more information please see the link PECS Level 1 Online 13 hour Workshop (

Please be aware that to qualify for this programme the applicant needs to:

  • be a childminder registered on the Suffolk List of Providers (LoP)
  • be working with 0-5 year olds
  • commit to attending the full 13 hours of training (over a number of sessions) to complete the course
  • have access to reliable internet and a device, preferably a laptop, with audio and video capabilities that can run Zoom

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. On successful application you will be sent details of how to book this training directly through the PECs United Kingdom website. You can choose any option from their list of PECs Level 1 online training dates, but you must complete your training by 31 August 2023.

Apply for PECs online training for Childminders

If you are successful in gaining a fully funded place we will send you further information on how to book the sessions directly through the PECs United Kingdom website.