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Introduced by the Department for Education in 2013, childminder agencies are ‘one-stop shop’ organisations that register childminders and provide them with training, advice, administrative support and marketing to families. They also provide a valuable service for parents looking for high quality flexible childcare.

Aim of childminder agencies

  • Provide childminders with a range of support services including marketing, administration, training and development
  • Provide parents with matching services to help them find a childminder, access to holiday and sickness cover and regular updates about the quality of their childminder
  • Raise the quality and professionalism of the childminding workforce
  • Attract new childminders to the profession

 

Are you an organisation interested in becoming a childminder agency? Click here

Are you a childminder looking to register with a childminder agency? Click here

 

BECOMING A CHILDMINDER AGENCY

Any organisation that is committed to providing parents and children with high quality childcare can apply to be registered by Ofsted as a childminder agency.

Once registered, agencies will be able to register and quality assure childminders, ensuring that they will provide a high quality and safe service for parents and children.

Cost of registering an agency with Ofsted

The Ofsted registration fee for childminder agencies is £220.

Funding of agencies

Agencies are self-funded. It is up to agencies to determine the sorts of services they will provide and the associated charges, either to the childminder, parent, employer or others.

Services to be provided by agencies

As a minimum, agencies are required to register childminders, undertake the necessary quality assurance visits and provide the prescribed number of continuing professional development and support hours to their childminders.

Getting Started

To begin your journey on setting up as a childminder agency, review the tools below. For additional support including registration guidance, advice, business modelling and case studies, contact 4Children, a strategic partner of the DfE, at cma@4children.org.uk or 020 7522 6956.

 

REGISTERING WITH A CHILDMINDER AGENCY

Childminder agencies are a great way for childminders to get the support they need for their business. Agencies can provide childminders with a range of services including training, advice, marketing support and conducting inspections. Childminding agencies are also attractive to new childminders, who want an accessible network of experienced childcare providers right at their fingertips. Additionally, an agency can help alleviate a lot of the burdensome paperwork and administration that comes along with running a childminding business.

Registering with a childminder agency can give you access to:

  • Ongoing training and professional development
  • Immediate quality assurance checks
  • New clients
  • A support network of other childminders and childcare experts
  • Helpful childminder resources, including games and activities

 Cost of registering with an agency

Each agency will have different rates, depending on the overall package of support they provide. Please contact your local agency for pricing and packages.

How to register

As childminder agencies are a fairly new concept, there may not yet be an agency in your region. For a listing of current registered agencies, click here.