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Training overview

Our pre-registration training can mostly be done online.

  • The training is a mixture of live Zoom calls, videos and e-learning.

  • Most can be done in your own time to fit around your busy schedule.

Training structure

The training is split into three sections:

  1. Safeguarding Training.

  2. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Training.
    - The EYFS is the Government set standard for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. It will be your statutory responsibility to follow it.

  3. Safe Sleep, Introduction to Food Hygiene and What To Expect At Your Pre-Registration Assessment Visit training (E-Learning).

As soon as you have booked these three sections we will invite you to book your outdoor training session—so you can complete your training and registration faster.


  • This will take place over a 3 hour live Zoom call.

  • It will be led by one of our friendly EYFS experts and Assessors.

  • Here's some of the things you'll learn during the call:
    - To become familiar with the ‘safeguarding spectrum’ and the different ways in which children can be harmed.
    - To recognise and describe indicators of child abuse and neglect and raise our awareness of current safeguarding issues.
    - To appreciate your own role and responsibilities and those of others in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
    - To be secure in knowledge of what to do if you have concerns about a child in line with your setting’s safeguarding policy.
    - To identify the procedures for sharing concerns about another adult’s behaviour.

  • There will be other prospective childminders on the training, so you’ll be able to (virtually!) meet some other candidates.

  • Please note that you’ll have to refresh your safeguarding training every 12 months, and you are also required to do your local authority safeguarding training (if available).

EYFS—Learning and Development, and Welfare Requirements

  • This will take place over 2 live Zoom calls and we’ll also send you a paper copy of the EYFS framework.

  • The 2 live Zoom calls are:
    - Learning & Development.
    - Welfare Requirements.

  • Here are some of the things you’ll learn on these courses:
    - To gain an understanding of the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage and how these should inform our practice.
    - To get to grips with the learning and development requirements including expectations relating to observation and assessment.
    - To discover how to take a sequenced approach to learning and development, and differentiate activities for the different aged children in your care.
    - To learn how our home learning environment should be prepared in time for the registration visit.

  • The live Zoom sessions will be led by one of our friendly EYFS experts and Assessors.

  • There will be other prospective childminders on the training, so you’ll be able to (virtually!) meet some other candidates.

Food hygiene, safe sleep, and preparing for your registration visit

  • These courses are hosted on a platform called Thinkific and have been specifically created by Koru Kids for our childminders.

  • Thinkific allows you to take the courses in your own time when it suits you best.

  • The three courses are Safe Sleep Training, Introduction to Food Hygiene and Pre-Registration Assessment Visit training:

    • Safe Sleep Training will teach you everything you need to know to safely facilitate sleeps and naps at your setting.

    • Food Hygiene is vital as you’ll be preparing and delivering food for your children.

    • The Registration Assessment Visit training is a video of two of our friendly Assessors, Laura and Eleanor, talking you through what to expect from your pre-registration Visit.

First aid training

You’ll need to complete a paediatric first aid course.

  • This happens after you have completed all of the training mentioned above

  • The training is 12 hours in total - 6 hours in person and 6 hours online

Here are some of the things you will learn as part of your first aid course:

  • Choking - Infant & Child

  • Seizures

  • Burns, Bleeds & Shock

  • Meningitis

  • Minor Injuries

  • Extreme Temperatures

Guided outdoor learning

We have teamed up with the Little Forest Folk, outdoor learning specialists, who will be delivering outdoor, in-person sessions on how to make the most of outdoor learning.

  • These will be really fun, interactive sessions and you’ll leave with plenty of ideas of things to do in the great outdoors.

  • There is also a 30-minute online module to complete before you head out on your day in the fresh air, so don't forget to do that first.

  • You'll receive an invite to your in-person outdoor training session as soon as you have booked the 3 online training sessions above.

Feeding-friendly training

Since most of our training is online and flexible, it's friendly for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding mums and parents. For the in-person training days of paediatric first aid and outdoor learning, arrange for a relative or friend to look after your little one, and breast-feed during the lunch-break. If you really want to become a childminder but your baby is too young for now—just tell us you need to wait a few months. We'll still be here.

How training is assessed

As you go along you’ll do short multiple choice quizzes.

  • You’ll need to pass these quizzes in order to progress.

The real assessment comes at your pre-registration assessment visit.

  • Ultimately, everything you learn during your pre-registration training is something you might be asked about at your pre-registration assessment visit, so make sure you pay attention!

  • To help you out, Koru Kids will provide summaries of most of the training content so you’re able to brush up on it before your pre-registration assessment visit.

No costs involved

Koru Kids covers the cost of all of your training and pre-registration checks (over £3,000 worth).

  • We just ask that you pay a small refundable deposit of £50 before we unlock our training as a sign of your commitment to complete. This is paid back in full on your first pay cheque.

What happens next

If you’re successful, and all of your background checks have been successful, it’s time to arrange your pre-registration assessment visit.

  • One of our Childcare Quality Coaches will be in touch over the phone to book this in for a time that suits you.

  • To prepare for your visit, you will need to make sure you have certain documents ready, like your paediatric first aid certificate, safeguarding policy and other policies, attendance register etc.

  • The visit is in person, and can take about 2–5 hours.

  • You don't need to have your home set up or make any purchases before your registration visit. Our home set-up team will help with that after you have completed your registration.

  • If you want to know more about this stage and you have already started training to become a childminder with Koru Kids, don't forget to join our welcoming Facebook Community, and you can talk to other Early Educators who have already been through their registration about their experience and ask for advice.

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