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What is a Childminder?

Provide flexible care and may offer early mornings, weekends, evening, holiday and emergency care.  They may also offer drop-off and collection from Day Nurseries, Pre-Schools, Breakfast and After School Clubs and Schools, which may be part of a partnership agreement with another childcare provider.


Do Childminders Work from Home?

They can care for other people's children, under 8 years old, in their own home for more than 2 hours per day.  Some may look after children up to the age of 14.

How Many Children can a Childminder Look After?

They are usually registered to look after 3 children aged under 5 and 3 children aged 5 to 8 years of age.

Some childminders offer the free entitlement to childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 years olds.

Do Childminders Work with Other People in their Own Home?

Some childminders work together with each other, while others will work with an assistant/apprentice. In such cases, the number of children that can be minded will increase, depending on the size of the property.

When there are more than 3 adults working together at any one time the registration type will need to be changed to Childcare on Domestic Premises.

Will Childminders Work to the EYFS?

All Ofsted registered Childminders follow the Early Year Foundation Stage Framework, just like Day Nurseries and Pre-schools. 

Can a Childminder Work in My Home?

No, this is not included in the childminders registration. You may consider using a ‘Home Childcarer'.

Will I Pay for my Childminder During Holiday Periods?

Your childminder is self employed and running their own business so you will need to discuss how holiday arrangements work at the initial meeting.  Some may charge half fees for time off, some may charge full or their fees will include an element for paid time off.  Many Childminders work as part of a group or informal network to ensure they have back up in case of holidays sickness or emergencies.  

Can my Childminder work away from their Home?

Yes childminders can now work up to 50% of their time away from their home on suitable premises.  This offers greater flexibility for parents to access joint childcare with other providers.  The Ofsted ratio requirements remain the same but collectively the number of children is higher. 

Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Childcare should always be inclusive.  If your child has SEND, further details on how the childminder can support your child with their needs can be found by looking at their record and clicking on the `Local Offer SEND’ section.


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