Careers in early learning and childcare

Become a childminder

Childminders look after other people's children in their own home. They provide flexible individual childcare in a home environment, and link with other services in the community such as pre-schools and schools. They can also take children to parks, playgrounds and libraries.


To become a childminder you must, by law, register with the Care Inspectorate. If you offer a childcare service in your own home for more than 2 hours a day for children under 16, you must be registered.

Register a childminding service (Care Inspectorate website)

Business Gateway

Business Gateway Midlothian can help with the process of becoming a childminder, including how to set up as a new business, and with a childminder start-up grant of up to £250.


Training is available for new childminders or those in the process of registering. There are also courses in First Aid, Food Hygiene and Child Protection.

For the next training dates, contact the Childcare Information Team: