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What is a Childminder?

A childminder looks after one or more children under 8 for at least 2 hours a day in the childminders home. All childminder must be registered by Ofsted, who set standards in which childminders must abide by. Childminders need to have their own polices and procedures in place in their setting.

Opportunities For Children


Childminders are able to offer a more varied setting than any other kind of childcare environment. We can offer continuity of care, a home based environment, daily outings and a more personal relationship with the children and their families.

Registered childminders are committed to offering a high standard service and a high quality of play and learning opportunities for your children. We have undertaken training and take on further training to help us learn how to develop and understand children’s physical, intellectual, emotional and educational needs.



Many childminders can be very flexible and some can offer full/part-time care, weekend cover, early mornings and late evenings. If stated in their registration, overnight care may also be provided. Nursery and school runs are also offered and also care for older siblings.

Safety Regulations


All registered childminders are inspected by Ofsted. They will ensure that the childminder is a suitable person and that their home is safe and child friendly and that polices are in place. Ofsted will ensure that children are given the opportunities to develop and thrive in a child-based environment.

The childminder and anyone over the age of 16 in the childminders home will have had a full CRB check carried out. Childminders must have public liability insurance and business cover on their car insurance policies.

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