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Information for childminders

Become a registered childminder in Gateshead

To become a registered childminder you must be:

  • over 18 years old. 
  • self-employed working from your own home. 
  • providing care, play and learning opportunities to children
  • providing care for more than two hours per day.

We offer childminder briefing sessions twice per year to prospective childminders living in Gateshead. These briefings are free to attend. They aim to provide you with knowledge into the role and responsibilities of becoming a childminder.

Childminder briefing sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday 11 June 2019, 6.15 to 8.45pm
  • Tuesday 28 January 2020, 6.15 to 8.45pm


For more information or to book a place, please contact Family Information Service

We will email confirmations along with relevant documents and information

All childminders must work within the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). explains how to register as a childminder or childcare provider. 

HMRC offers free e-learning for childminders. 'Starting in Business' advises on the tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting your own business.

Safer Food Better Business for Childminders

Safer food, better business is the Food Standards Agency pack especially for childminders. 

The pack gives simple advice on food safety including information about cooking for babies and children. Cleaning and looking after a child with a food allergy.

The Food Standards Agency provides more information about food safety.

Gateshead Council offer advice on food hygiene requirements.

Gateshead Family Information Service will contact you for further information when they are notified by Ofsted that you are registered.

Contact us

Gateshead Families Information Service 
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 5118

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