A childminder is a man or woman who looks after children from birth to eight years, in his/her own home, for more than two hours a day, and receives a reward for this service. This does not apply if the child is a close relative i.e. grandchild, niece or nephew.
Childminders are required to register with Ofsted Early Years under Part XA of the Children Act 1989. They must meet specified standards relating to their suitability as carers of children, the safety of premises and facilities, insurance, and record keeping, and checks are made on all members of the household over the age of 16 yrs. to several agencies. Childminders are inspected within a short period of their registration, after that inspections are carried out at least once every three years.
Lancashire Family Information Service provides quality, accessible and impartial information and guidance on childcare services, resources and issues. Contact us for advice on choosing the right childcare for your child. We can provide you with information about childcare providers throughout Lancashire, tailored to your specific needs. Whether you are looking for a childminder to drop-off or collect your child from your local school, a nursery catering for special needs or dietary requirements, details of fees or opening hours, we can help.