If you want to be paid to look after children under 8, you might need to register with Ofsted or a childminder agency.
You can get a fine if you do not register when you need to.
You must register as a childminder if all of the following apply:
- the children are under the age of 8
- you look after them for more than 2 hours a day
- you look after them in your own home
- you get paid to look after them - including payment in kind
There are different rules if you want to provide daycare outside someone’s home - for example a nursery or creche.
You do not need to register if you’re:
- a nanny
- a tutor
- a babysitter and if you look after the children between 6pm and 2am
- a family friend and if you look after the children less than 3 hours a day
You can still choose to register if you’re a nanny or in other situations. This helps the child’s parents qualify for free childcare.
Who cannot register
You cannot register if you:
- are under 18
- are related to all of the children you look after
- do not have the legal right to work in the UK
- are barred from working with children
- have been disqualified
- have been refused registration in the past or had your registration cancelled - unless it was because you did not pay your annual fee
- are childminding in a home where a disqualified person lives or works
If you’ve been disqualified, you may be able to apply to waive your disqualification