What is an Accredited Childminder?

When I became accredited, it was a requirement that I:


·         be on an approved childminding network

·         have a level 3 qualification in childcare (which I completed in April 2011 obtaining an ‘A’ grade diploma)

·         receive a ‘Good’ or higher grade from Ofsted

·         complete a self evaluation for the early years education practice

·         complete an Early Learning Goals schedule which shows an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

·         complete lots of paperwork to show understanding of child development

·         am able to plan activities incorporating all 7 areas of learning which build on the needs, interests and goals of the individual child

·         have an understanding of the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs

·        have the children’s learning journeys checked by a Foundation Stage Consultant to ensure planning and observations meet Government requirements

·        sign contracts with the Council agreeing to comply with all requirements of the Government’s Office for Standards in Education Children’s Services & Skills

·        understand the legal commitment of being an accredited childminder


As an accredited childminder, I am able to obtain Government funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds to provide early education in place of a preschool, nursery or playgroup.  However, you can split the free entitlement between two providers if you want.

What this means for you
The term after your child turns 3, you will be entitled to “free entitlement” of 15 hours a week (term-time) or 12 hours a week (all year) if you keep your child with me for their early education.


If your child is born between:           They are eligible for a free place from:


1st April and 31st August                       1st September following their third birthday or the beginning of the autumn* school term


1st September and 31st December       1st January following their third birthday or the beginning of the spring* school term


1st January and 31st March                   1st April following their third birthday or the beginning of the summer* school term
* Based on a three-term school year


All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to free early years education of 570 hours taken over a minimum of 38 weeks (term time only) or maximum of 47 weeks (over the whole year).  I have elected to offer flexible free early years provision which means you, as the parent, choose the sessions.  
I am also able to accept funding of 15 hours a week for 2 year olds, however there is specific criteria which needs to be met before 2 year funding is agreed.


Free entitlement is for early education only and does not include the cost of food or outings.


Information taken from https://www.gov.uk/free-early-education