Information for Providers (including Free Entitlement)

This Page is for Childcare providers

EY3 form to tell Ofsted about certain changes to individuals, including names, addresses and any start or leave dates.

Click on is link to find the Form: Early years and childcare providers: EY3 changes to individuals

Free Entitlement Providers (Including Childminders)

Please find documents relating to offering free entitlement funding for eligible 2,3 & 4 year olds in the related links section on the right of your screen. 

Looking to become a Childminder?

West Berkshire council once again run training courses for those wishing to register as a childminder so please contact us for details of the next course. Also a variety of other training can be found on the following links:

Here a a few links for support for childminders through webinars and on-line training through HMRC, click on the relevant links to get the advice required:

Working for yourself? Are you a Foster Carer?
Got a lot of questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses?
If so, this HMRC e-learning course is for you.

How it can help
This course will build your confidence by guiding you through everything you need to know to get started. There are useful tips from others who have been where you are now and practical case studies to help you along the way.

How long does it take?
It's entirely up to you. You can work through the learning at your own pace and at a time that suits you. You don't need to do it all in one go, you can dip in and out as you need it and even come back to it at a later date.

A reminder on contacting the Department for Education (DfE)

The DfE incident support helpline (formerly the COVID-19 helpline) is available to support the education sector, with any questions you have about COVID-19, the situation in Ukraine and other national incidents and emergencies, which impact on education, childcare and children’s social care.

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

If your query is about anything else related to education, childcare and children’s social care, please call the DfE general enquiries helpline:

DfE general enquiries helpline

Phone: 0370 000 2288

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm

Both helplines close on bank holidays. Alternatively, you can contact DfE online.

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