Quality of childminding
All childminders who care for children under the age of eight must be registered and inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), who carry out regular checks on the home and childminder. What’s more, all adults (16+) living and working in the homes of childminders caring for children under eight will be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Childminders who care for children aged eight and over can be registered on the Voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register. You can check the Ofsted report for each childminder by following the link on their record on this website or by going directly to the Ofsted reports website and searching using their Ofsted Unique Reference Number.
All childminders receive support from the Council's Early Years service, to ensure that they continue to meet expectation and maintain a high standard of care.