Registered Childcare Options

Registered Childminders

Registered childminders look after one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of two hours a day. They do this in a domestic setting (normally their own home)for payment.

Registered childminders are inspected by Ofsted to ensure they provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children that they care for. Registered childminders are usually self-employed and run their own business.

You can search for a Childminder here.

  • Once you have found a childminder and would like to know more about that childminder, you can call them on the number provided. They will then arrange a time for you to visit their setting and see if you would like to use their services.

The below fact sheet has some useful tips about questions to ask when visiting a childminder:

Good questions to ask childminders


Group Childcare

This includes Day Nurseries, Pre Schools, Childcare on Domestic Premises.

You might choose Group Childcare if you’re looking for childcare for all or part of day. Children may attend group childcare from 6 weeks up to when they attend school. Registered Group Childcare are inspected by Ofsted to ensure they provide a safe and stimulating environment. As part of the registration process, all staff and workers in the setting will undergo a criminal records check (known as an ‘enhanced disclosure’.)

You can search for a Day Nursery, Pre-School or Childcare on Domestic Premises here.

  • Once you have found a setting that like the sound of, call them on the number provided and make an appointment to visit with your child.

The below fact sheet has some useful tips about choosing a group childcare setting:

Choosing Childcare Guide

Good questions to ask group settings

**Please click here to view Ofsted’s information about their inspections of Registered Childcare.**

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