Register a childminding service
Childminders must, by law, register with the Care Inspectorate. The legal definition of a childminder is a person who works with children for more than 2 hours a day in their own home for reward.
If you are applying to register as a childminder, please apply online or call our Contact Centre on 0345 600 9527.
You should read:
- Registering and running a childminding service: what you need to know
- Applying to register a care service: guidance for providers
- Childminders: What to expect when we inspect
- Food Standards Agency - advice about operating as a food business
- Fire Precautions - a childminders' guide
You should also read the National Care Standards for Early Education and Childcare up to the age of 16 . We inspect childminding services to make sure they meet these standards.
What to expect from the registration process
Our national registration team will deal with your application, and will check:
- the information you give us in the application form is correct
- the correct fee has been paid
- whether you are fit to provide/manage the service
- if your premises, where the service is to be provided, is fit to be used for that purpose
- that the proposed service will make all the proper provisions for the health, welfare, independence, choice, privacy and dignity of everyone using the service.
We may also check the financial viability of the service. Any information we ask for during this process is in accordance with the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.
We may also ask you to complete other documents in support of your application.
Contact the Scottish Childminding Association
The Scottish Childminding Association is an organisation dedicated to supporting childminders in Scotland. From helping you with your application to register, to offering courses to help you keep up with latest developments in childcare, you can get lots of helpful advice and information. Visit their website or call them on 01786 445377.
The registration fee for a childminder is £28.00. This must be paid before we can consider your application. An annual continuation fee of £17.00 is also applied for every year that you are registered. Find out more about our fees
Membership of the PVG scheme and criminal records checks
You must pay an additional fee for the cost of a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme record check for you and Disclosure Scotland criminal records checks or their equivalents for all those aged over 16, including your adult children, who live with you.
Visit www.disclosurescotland.co.uk to find out more about these fees.
The Care Inspectorate must be a counter signatory to your Scheme Record and we would advise you to progress your PVG application through us. If you are eligible to progress your membership through free of charge it will be necessary for you to have an update progressed by us at the associated fee rate.
If your registration is successful, we will send you a certificate of registration, (electronically), detailing the conditions of registration. You should print the certificate and display it so that anyone who uses your service can read it. The conditions of registration are also available on our care service list.
You will also receive a list of records that you must keep and a list of notifications that you must make to the Care Inspectorate.
Decisions on an application to register a service
Following an application for registration, under Section 59(1) of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 ("the Act"), the Care Inspectorate can in terms of s 60(1);
- grant the application unconditionally, s60(1)
- grant the application subject to conditions, s60(2)
- refuse the application, s60(1)
If we propose to refuse your registration, or to grant registration subject to conditions, which have not been agreed in writing, we must give notice of our proposal to do so.
Such notice, where sent by post, is deemed (by section 101 of the Act) to be received on the third day after the day it was posted.
You must make any representations that concern any matter you wish to dispute within 14 days. These must be made in writing. The notice of proposal will state where these must be addressed to.
We might not implement the proposal until one of the following has taken place:
- representations have been received
- We have been notified in writing that no representations will be made
- The 14 day period allowed for the making representations has expired without any written correspondence.
Whether or not we receive representations, we may either decide to implement the proposal, or not to do so. If we decide to implement a proposal to refuse registration, or to grant registration subject to conditions, which have not been agreed in writing, there is a right of appeal to the sheriff. This right is set out at section 75 of the Act. Any such appeal must be made within 14 days of the decision (or deemed receipt of it).