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What is a registered childminder?

  • Registered childminders are self-employed people who work in their own homes and for other peoples’ children.

  • They are allowed to care for up to six children under the age of eight, including their own, but only three of them can be aged under five (although variations can be made in the case of twins, etc.).

  • All registered childminders are required to undertake a basic training course, including first aid, and most go on to do further training and professional development.

  • Childminders have to be registered with Ofsted if they look after children under the age of eight for more than two hours a day. Every registered childminder has an Ofsted registration certificate which indicates the maximum number of children that can be cared for on the premises.

  • All childminders and all members of the childminder’s household over the age of 16 must have received a satisfactory police check – the Disclosure Barring System (DBS) before becoming registered.

  • Childminders must comply with The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and receive an inspection from Ofsted every one to three years. An inspection report is issued which should be available to parents.

  • Childminders are registered and regulated by Ofsted. They are inspected before registration and then within 30 months when they are caring for pre-school children.

  • Most childminders use Learning Stories to record the progress of the pre-school children in their care.

  • Some childminders are trained and able to support children with additional needs.

  • Many childminders are registered to provide funded sessions for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

  • Inspections carried out since April 2005 include a grading system which judges whether the quality of care being provided is outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate. These inspection reports can be viewed on the Ofsted website www.ofsted.gov.uk. Parents are advised to read the inspection report carefully and discuss any queries or concerns with the childminder – circumstances may have changed since the inspection was carried out.

Last Updated 04/12/2018

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