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Local Training Providers

First Aid

Before application to Ofsted you will need to have a valid Paediatric First Aid certificate of at least 12 hours duration that covers resuscitation of children and babies. You will also need a First Aid box specifically for childminding use. Your First Aid certificate will need renewing every 3 years, it will be your responsibility to ensure you continue to keep your First Aid training up to date.

Your First Aid course will be funded by you directly to the training provider.  For details of local training First Aid providers please contact the Workforce Development Unit on 553017 or email

Introduction to Childcare course

Childminders are required to complete training which helps them to understand and implement the EYFS before Ofsted will register them. In York, we suggest the CACHE level 3 award 'Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare'. The training is accessed mainly online with various training organisations offering this award:

All newly proposed childminders in York are advised to complete the Safeguarding Basic Awareness course to fulfil the duty for practitioners to have basic awareness of different types of abuse, and the procedures to follow should they be worried a child is being abused or at risk of being abused. As a registered childcare provider you have a duty to protect children, yourself and your family and keep up to date with York’s Safeguarding Children’s Board guidance regarding child protection policies. Child Protection training should be updated at least every 3 years.

There are a number of different training providers across the city and nationally who offer childcare related qualifications.  It is your responsibility to ensure that they are of high quality and delivered by a reputable company.