Applying to undertake the P4R for childminders approved training course

Important - before you can apply for the childminder training course, you must have attended a childminder briefing session.

Training dates

Dates Times Venue
Thursday 2 November 2017 to Thursday 7 December 2017 10am to 12.30pm Swinton Gateway
Tuesday 13 February 2018 to Tuesday 27 March 2018 (No session 20 February 2018) 10am to 12.30pm Swinton Gateway
Tuesday 12 June 2018 to Tuesday 17 July 2018 6pm to 8.30pm Swinton Gateway
Thursday 1 November 2018 to Thursday 6 December 2018 10am to 12.30pm Swinton Gateway TBC

Ready to apply to attend the childminder training? Then please read the following information carefully before completing the online application form below.

Things to consider before applying for a place on the childminder training course:

  • you must be able to complete all modules of the training course (make sure you are not going to be on holiday or have other commitments)
  • you must complete the local authority recognised paediatric first aid course
  • you must register as a self employed business with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • you must register with Salford City Council environmental health team
  • you must complete the required safeguarding training
  • you must complete any other specified training courses
  • you must agree to work collaboratively with the Starting Life Well Service (SLW)
  • you must complete the food hygiene training via the Starting Life Well (SLW) e-learning module
  • consider the childcare market in your area, what is your business strategy to compete and thrive in a competitive market sector
  • you must complete the SLW information service childcare questionnaire and keep the service up to date with your vacancy and childcare service details
  • you must be able to pay the £285 course fee, which includes a paediatric first aid training course. Please note fees may be subject to change. A £25 deduction will be applied to the course fee, if you attended the Starting Life Well briefing session, which will reduce the cost to £260
  • you may be able to obtain a government grant of up to £500 once you have registered with Ofsted, the grant will be discussed on the training days

Apply for the P4R Training Course

Please note: we email all course materials and correspondence, therefore you must have or be prepared to set up an email address. Gateway centres have facilities for you to access a computer and can offer support to help you set up an email account.

If your application is successful you will be emailed a confirmation letter inviting you to attend the training and giving full details.

There is limited availability for our training course places, please don't waste your time or ours, be sure you are 100% committed and ready to begin a childminding career.

If the childminder training dates do not meet your needs you may wish to consider undertaking a PACEY online training course. This training is acceptable to Salford, however your £25 briefing session fee would not be refundable if you choose to take this route.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Starting Life Well on 0161 778 0307.

This page was last updated on 1 August 2017

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