The Northern Ireland childminder registration process takes place with one of the 6 HSC Trusts. You would need to register as a childminder with the most relevant Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT).
Registration as a childminder, or providing day care services, differs in NIR.
So, you would need to apply for registration through your local Health and Social Care Trust (details below).
Childminder registration would be required if you look after children:
Note: A different section explains how to become a childminder or nanny in England by registering with Ofsted.
If there are any other adults living or working at the home where you look after children, they would also need to register. But, childminder registration in Northern Ireland is not required to carry out babysitting activities.
Here's exactly how it works:
The Children Order Child Minding and Day Care (COG 8) provides a detailed guide to help you complete the full registration process. You can also get help from:
Northern Ireland Childminding Association
Telephone: 028 9181 1015
Early Years (the organisation for young children)
Telephone: 028 9066 2825
Note: You can start the application process on the Health and Social Care Northern Ireland website (go to HSCNI Online). You can also get more information about childcare providers in the overview section.
Having submitted the childminder registration application, the Health and Social Care Trust will:
If you get approved:
After approval, you will receive a childminder registration certificate showing you as a registered childminder. As a rule, the whole process will take between eight (8) and twelve (12) weeks to complete.
Inspectors, and others, may need to see your certificate of registration. So, you should keep it in a place that is easy for people to view it (or a copy of it).
There are severe consequences for failing to register as a childminder in Northern Ireland (when required). The result can be a fine of £5,000, you can get sent to prison, or you may get both in some cases.
Registering as a Childminder in Northern Ireland