Registered childminders work in their own home and can care for children of different ages.
Childminders offer a home-from-home environment for children in their care. They can also make use of local amenities and children get the benefit of trips out to local parks, beaches, toddler groups, libraries and shops.
They usually offer flexible hours and can provide care before and after school, including picking up and dropping off children.
Because they only care for a small group of children, childminders are ideally placed to care for babies and under twos, giving them the individual attention and secure attachment young children need. Caring for mixed ages also means that siblings can be looked after together.
Childminders can also look after school age children in the school holidays.
Childminders are registered and inspected
Unlike nannies and au-pairs, all childminders looking after children under the age of eight have to be registered with Ofsted. .
This means that they have to work within specific guidelines and regulations and be inspected by Ofsted.
How many children can they look after?
Childminders can care for up to six children under the age of eight.
Of these, a maximum of three can be under fives with only one under one year old. This should include the childminder’s own children if they are also under the age of eight.
Childminders are professional childcarers and many undertake additional training to increase their personal development and improve the quality of care they provide.
Visit our childcare search to find childminders locally.