Childminders who look after children under 8 for a total of more than 2 hours per day and for any form of reward must by law be registered with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).
Ofsted offers reassurance to parents by ensuring children are safe, well cared for and that they make good progress in their learning and development.
Ofsted carry out regular inspections of childminders.
- You can find inspection reports on the Ofsted website
- These can be searched for by using either the childminder’s Ofsted number or their name
- You can find each childminder's Ofsted unique reference number on their listing
Before a childminder is registered to look after children Ofsted will usually interview them and inspect their home. This is known as a registration visit. An inspection, which will include a published inspection report, can happen any time up to 30 months after a childminder is first registered.