Childminders look after children in their own home, providing for the developmental needs of the babies and children for whom they provide care.
The Children Act 1989 states that anyone providing care for children under the age of 8 years, who is not related to them, for more than 2 hours in any one day, must be registered by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education). Ofsted registers and regularly inspects all childminders.
The Children Act exists to protect the welfare of children and ensures all childcare providers meet statutory requirements.
Childminders are self-employed. Some work with an assistant, others work together with another childminder.
Childminders can choose their own hours, balancing work and home life. Some choose to work part time, others work from early morning to later in the evening, catering for the needs of full time working parents. They may also take part time children, providing care before and after school. Others offer overnight, weekend or respite care.
Some childminders look after children with special needs.
We offer briefing sessions to anyone within the borough considering choosing childminding as a career. The Childcare Officers give information about:
- the requirements for registration
- what training must be undertaken before Ofsted registration can be applied for
- what support and advice is available
Page last updated: 19 March 2019