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A childminder is someone who cares for your child in their own home for children aged 0 to 15 years.

  • They may provide full day care, part time care, overnight care or out-of-school care.
  • some are registered for overnight care
  • may offer weekend, early morning and late evening care.
  • may have an assistant working with them, caring only for the maximum number of children the childminder is registered for. Assistants can be left for up to 2 hours maximum to mind the children with parental permission.
  • required to be registered and inspected by Ofsted
  • If registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register the children can play, learn and develop in line with The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
  • may provide FREE early education entitlement places for 2,3 and 4 year olds.
  • You may be able to get help paying for childcare from the government to pay for this type of childcare

A video shows why childminders are vitally important providers for 2 year-olds.


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