How Long Does It Take to Become a Childminder?

A childminder's training, or course duration, depends on which program an aspiring childminder decides to enroll in. The duration of a course may take hours or months to complete, and can include training in pediatric first aid for babies and children, food, hygiene, safeguarding and child protection.

Anyone who wants to be a childminder in Manchester, for example, has to be at least 18 years old and needs to pass an English and Math assessment in Manchester College before she can take the six-week childminder's training course, approved by the local authority. After the training, she needs to complete an online registration on Ofsted's website and wait approximately three months after Ofsted receives the application. The Ofsted registration may change depending on circumstances.