A childminder is someone who is registered with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) to care for children. Childminders are self-employed and provide full or part time care. This might be:
- day care
- before or after school
- holiday care or
- overnight care - childminders must have Ofsted permission for children under 8
Childminders can often take and collect your child from pre-school, nursery or school. They can offer a flexible childcare service in a home environment and if you have children of different ages, they may be able to care for them all together.
If your child has any additional needs then you may want to consider using a registered childminder on the Community Childminding Scheme. The scheme co-ordinator will help you find a suitably trained childminder.
Our Family Information Directory has details of approved childcare providers.