Registered childminders have a legal requirement to register with Ofsted.
Ofsted decides how many children a childminder can be registered to care for and regularly inspects childminders to make sure that they continue to meet the strict requirements.
Checks you should make
A childminders registration certificate should be on display. You should also ask to see their most recent inspection report.
Number of children
Childminders can look after a maximum of three children under five, and three children between five and eight, including the childminders own children.
Normally, a childminder can only care for one child younger than one year old (including the childminders own child). Childminders may look after additional children over eight years old.
Find a childminder
Find a nanny
Parents may instead choose to employ a nanny to care for their children. If they want to use childcare vouchers to help pay for the cost of employing a nanny, the nanny will need to be registered with the OFSTED Voluntary Childcare Register (VCR) or be willing to be registered.