We are here to support Childminders and Home Childcarers in Gloucestershire, offering advice and support on a range of issues including:

  • Support to all prospective childminders and home child carers
  • Pre-Ofsted inspection support
  • Business support, including employing staff and working with assistants
  • Support for childminders who wish to receive 2, 3 and 4-year-old funding
  • Support with working with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework
  • Support and guidance with quality improvement, risk assessments, policies and procedures
  • Business support for childminders can be accessed by contacting Sarah Spencer on 07879 487663, or email:


Childminding Support Groups

The purpose of the childminder support groups is primarily to provide a support network for childminders.  But they do a lot more than just that.  They can:
  • Offer peer support to all childminders
  • Pass down training and to ensure that everyone is able to access training by helping with transport
  • Encourage high standards of childcare
  • Offer stay and play sessions for the childminders and the children, supporting the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Peer support for new childminders
  • Peer support for childminders to help to provide cover for times of illness or emergencies.


Support groups:

Bishops Cleeve

Every Tuesday, 9.30am to 11.30am (term time only)

St Michael’s Church Hall, School Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 8BA

St Michael's Centre (


If you are a parent or carer looking for childcare, please visit our Find a Childcare Place section on our Help with childcare costs webpage.

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