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What is a childminder?
A childminder is a person who receives payment for working in their own home, looking after at least one child (aged under eight) for more than two hours a day. A childminder may employ assistants who can be left alone with the children from no more than 2 hours a day (with parental permission).
What is a nanny or home child carer?
Nannies are also known as Home Childcarers and look after children of any age in the child’s own home.
What are the registers for early years and childcare?
Early Years Register: Caring for children aged from birth to 31 August after their fifth birthday.
Childcare Register, has two parts:
- compulsory: caring for children from 1 September after the child’s fifth birthday up until their eighth birthday
- voluntary: caring for children aged 8 and over, or join this register if you are choosing to register voluntarily (for example, if you’re a nanny)
Exceptions: When do I not need to register and who cannot register as Childminder?
There are certain exceptions when you do not need to register as a Childminder for example if you are a babysitter looking after children between 6pm and 2am or a family friend looking after children for less than 3 hours a day.
Alongside this there are times when you cannot register as a childminder for example under 18 / are barred from working with children or have been disqualified.
Find out more at GOV.UK - Becoming a Childminder