A childminder can be registered with either Ofsted or a Childminding Agency
A childminder provides care for children in the childminder's home.
If a childminder looks after children aged up to eight, they must register with Ofsted and must follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and have all required suitability checks in place.
- the number of children under eight that can be cared for at one time is limited to six
- a childminder cannot look after more than three children under five, of which only one can be under one year
These numbers may be increased if the childminder works with an assistant and / or another registered childminder.
If a childminder looks after children aged over eight years they can choose to register on the childcare register.
Childminders are free to set their own hours. Some are registered with Ofsted to provide overnight or weekend care; others may only offer out-of-school care. For many, normal working hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Childminders set their own charges.
Once childminders are registered with Ofsted, they can take funded two, three and four year old children.
Childminders graded as 'inadequate' or 'requires improvement' by Ofsted, cannot take newly government funded two year old children, unless there is a sufficiency need in their local area.
- you can find out more about funded places for two year olds here
- you can find out more about funded places for three and four year olds here
Search for childminders
You can search for childminders using the childcare map.
Not all childcare providers advertise online. For a list of childminders in North Yorkshire and any further help, please contact the families information service.