2. What are Childminders?
The majority of childminders look after children in their own home. If you need a childminder to look after your child in your home, then please look at our Home Childminders.
Most childminders are self-employed childcare professionals and are able to create their own working hours, however a majority of childminders will be able to take care of your child from early in the morning to the evening, catering for the parents, with some childminders working at the weekend. They can care for children of any age, however they only normally care for maximum of six children under the age of 8.
Childminders should be registered with a childminding agency or with Ofsted and are then inspected by Ofsted. If you are interested in a particular childminder and you want to know more about their inspections, you can ask the childminder for a copy of their latest inspection report or download it from the Ofsted Website.
Cost of a Childminder
Childminders create their own working times, with some including pick up and drop offs to certain schools, pre-schools and nurseries, so childminders can offer a more flexible care. As childminders are self-employed ,there is no set rate for childminders to charge, however some childminders do offer 2, 3 and 4 year old funding for free childcare.
You can find more information on 2, 3 and 4 year old funding and if you are eligible.