Any person who looks after other people's children in their own home for more than 2 hours in any day must be registered to do so. An information pack about the responsibilities of childminders and the registration process is available from the Family Information Service.

CSSIW produce a leaflet to guide people who are thinking about becoming a childminder. To view the leaflet online click on the image below:


Local 'Briefing Sessions' are held by Torfaen Council's Business Support Team at the Old School, The Highway in New Inn once a month to provide further information. It is important for possible applicants to attend one of these meetings if they are to be considered for funding for the Introduction to Childcare Practice course (ICP). Details of the sessions planned in your area are available from the FIS by calling 0800 0196 330. Alternatively, you can contact a Childcare Business Support Officer on 01633 648155.

In brief, as part of the registration process:

  • all applicants must attend a short training course called 'Introducing Childminding Practice'. This course is organised locally at regular intervals by the National Childminding Association.
  • all people who are aged 16 and over and live at the premises where children are to be cared for must complete checks with the Criminal Records Bureau. An applicant may be refused registration if another person in the home has been convicted of offences of a sexual or violent nature.
  • the applicant will need to complete information about his / her physical and mental health and to nominate 2 persons to provide personal references.
  • the premises where the children are to be cared for must be safe and secure. This will be checked by the CSSIW Inspector and any requirements must be put in place before registration can be granted.

Inspectors will assist applicants through this process and support is also provided by Torfaen's Childcare Business Support Officers.

Other day care provision introductory notes are also available from CSSIW for people who are considering setting up a group facility for young children. It is advisable to make contact with your regional office at an early stage to discuss your proposals. Inspectors will provide advice to potential applicants to try to ensure that the National Minimum Standards can be achieved and sustained.

Voluntary Childcare At Home Approval Scheme

Nannies may register voluntarily with the Childcare At Home Approval Scheme (CSSIW is the Approval Body). The scheme covers approved nannies working with children aged 0-7 years in the child's own home and is designed to offer parents greater confidence employing a nanny and also the opportunity to claim back some childcare costs (if eligible) through the Childcare Element of Working Tax Credits.

For further details please visit the CSSIW website or contact CSSIW's Childcare Approval Scheme Manager on 0300 062 5405/5609.

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