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Working in childcare

Becoming a Childminder

If you would like to have a rewarding career, be your own boss and run your business from your own home, then childminding could be an ideal career for you!

As a registered childminder you will:

  • Be able to care for your own children at the same time;
  • Offer the children you care for a happy stimulating environment;
  • Provide learning opportunities and see the children develop;
  • Work in your home and choosing the hours you work;
  • Meet other childminders in your area and get to know your local community;


What does being a registered childminder entail?

  • You will look after one or more child under the age of 12; for more than two hours a day; in your own home; for payment. 
  • You will meet the National Minimum Standards (NMS).
  • Be registered with and inspected by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) to ensure you provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children in your care.
  • You will be self- employed and run your own business

IMPORTANT – it is illegal to care for children under the age of 12 in your own home for more than two hours a day without being registered!!!


How to become a registered childminder in Pembrokeshire?  

  • Contact the Pembrokeshire Family Information Service (FIS) on 01437 770014 or e-mail
  • Attend a Childminder Briefing Session

·         Family Information Service Officer will inform you when the ‘Understand How to Set Up a Home Based Childcare Service’ is running.

  • The CYPOP 5 course is delivered over 8 weeks by Pembrokeshire  College
  • Once you’ve completed the course, the next stage is attending mentoring sessions in order to complete the registration pack for the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)
  • You will be required to attend a Paediatric First Aid prior to completing the registration
  • Request a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) form from CSSIW for yourself and anyone over the age of 16 in the household
  • Submit your application to CSSIW
  • CSSIW will arrange a home visit where an inspector will come and visit you in your home


For details of forthcoming briefing sessions and courses please contact:

Pembrokeshire Family Information Service (FIS)

Tel: 01437 770014 



For more information about becoming a registered childminder have a look on the following web-sites:


PACEY is the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, supporting childminders, nannies and nursery workers;


Room 1.4
The Maltings
East Tyndall Street
CF24 5EZ

Telephone: 0845 880 1299


 Or download a copy of the PACEY  publication ‘Become a registered childminder in Wales’ by clicking on the following link:

Become a Registered Childminder in Wales

Childminding – A rewarding and flexible career choice


Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)

CSSIW is the national government body responsible for registering and inspecting childminders in Wales;


South West Region
Government Buildings
Picton Terrace
SA31 3BT  

Telephone: 0300 7900 126

Fax: 01267 245140


ID: 1784, revised 21/08/2017