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.
Find out more on what to look out for on the Family Services Directory
Checks you should make
A childminders registration certificate should be on display. You should also ask to see their most recent inspection report.
You can also confirm that a Greenwich childminder is registered by contacting the Families Information Service at email@example.com or 020 8921 6921.
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
View a list of registered childminders on the Family Services Directory
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.