Register as a childminder

There are fines for not registering as a childminder if you were required to do so.

GOV.UK guidance on the matter states that you must register as a childminder if all of the following apply:

  • the children are under the age of 8;
  • you look after them for more than 2 hours a day;
  • you look after them in your own home; and
  • you get paid to look after them – including payment in kind.

A registration can be made with Ofsted or through a childminder agency.

In order to register, the childminder will need:

  • an enhanced check with barred lists for home-based workers from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS);
  • first aid training for the age group they will look after;
  • childcare training;
  • a health declaration booklet;
  • contact details for 2 references; and
  • a certificate of good character from an embassy – if they lived abroad in the past 5 years.

A person does not need to register (although can choose to do so in certain situations) if they are working as a:

  • a nanny
  • a tutor
  • a babysitter and if they look after the children between 6pm and 2am
  • a family friend and they look after the children less than 3 hours a day.

There are different rules for someone who provides day-care outside someone’s home – for example, a nursery or creche.



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