Childminders are considered early years professionals and are required to be registered with Ofsted.

Childminders are self-employed, home-based childcare professionals who look after small groups of children of different ages from one or more families. They are a popular choice for parents who require wrap-around care, or who’s children are to young to go to nursery/school. They offer parents a more ‘homely’ environment where their child’s individual needs can be met.