If you would like a list of current South Tyneside Ofsted approved childminders contact the Families Information Service on 0800 783 4645.
All childminders in South Tyneside undertake a course of preparation prior to Ofsted registration.
Once registered, childminders are given the opportunity to maintain skills to a high standard by attending regular training courses and awareness sessions organised by the Council.
It is South Tyneside Council's policy to strongly advise that all childminders undergo enhanced DBS checks (formally known CRB checks). However the Council has no legal powers to enforce this. It is therefore the responsibility of the parent / carer to check the status of prospective childminders before employing them.
South Tyneside Council strongly recommends that parents/carers request proof of current enhanced DBS clearance from childminders and any other occupant of the house aged 16 or over.
The responsibility for choosing a childminder, or not, based on DBS clearance, rests with the parent/carer.
You may be eligible for the childcare tax element of Working Tax Credit if you use a registered childminder. Visit the HM Revenues and Customs website for more information on Tax credits.
Interested in becoming a childminder?
Ofsted recognised Childminder Training Courses are now available online. These distance learning courses can be delivered in a way which is flexible to fit round your busy lifestyle.
Once you have completed your Ofsted training course and Ofsted registration, we will provide you with support, training and advice in preparation for you embarking on your new career.
For information, advice and guidance contact the Families Information Service on 0800 783 4645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about obtaining enhanced DBS clearance contact the Families Information Service on 0800 783 4645.