Guidance

People connected with Ofsted-registered childcare

Guidance for childminder assistants, people living or working with a childminder, committee members and other people associated with Ofsted-registered childcare.

Even if you don’t provide childcare yourself, Ofsted may need to check you if you live or work with a childminder, or if you become part of an organisation that looks after children.

We need to know about you to make sure that everyone who is legally responsible for the children’s care, and anyone over 16 who could come into contact with children, is suitable.

We can take action against a childcare provider if they do not tell us about people who live or work with them (childminders) or become part of their organisation.

Living or working with a childminder

Ofsted needs to check you if you’re 16 or over and you live or work in the home where the childminder will care for children. This includes if you:

  • are a household member – that is, you live with a current or prospective Ofsted-registered childminder
  • work regularly for a current or prospective Ofsted-registered childminder during childcare hours, for example as a cleaner
  • want to work as a childminder’s assistant

Household members and visitors

We need to check you even if you only live there for some of the time. For example, if:

  • you’re studying at university but come back during the holidays
  • you stay with a childminder regularly

This applies even if you live elsewhere most of the time or are not there during childcare hours.

However, we do not normally need to check you if:

  • you are a regular visitor (for example, you are a relative or friend who comes round for lunch once a week)
  • you stay overnight with a childminder occasionally
  • you’re doing building work or repairs in the childminder’s home
  • you’re working in the home outside childcare hours, so there are no children there (for example, cleaning in the evenings or at weekends)

The childminder is responsible for you during this time.

This guidance also applies to those living or working with someone who is registered with Ofsted to provide childcare on domestic premises.

If you join an organisation that provides childcare

We may need to check you if you become part of an Ofsted-registered organisation that provides childcare.

Type of organisation Who needs to be checked
Companies set up solely or mainly to provide childcare Everyone listed on Companies House as being legally responsible for the company
Companies set up for another purpose The nominated individual who deals with Ofsted
Charities set up solely or mainly to provide childcare Everyone listed on Charities Commission as being legally responsible (trustees)
Partnerships All partners
Committee-run childcare All new committee members

What you should do

Childminder

If you are a childminder, you will need to use the Childminders: report new adults in the home service.

Each of these people will need an enhanced check with barred lists from DBS.

Other types of childcare provider

Anyone joining the daycare, in a relevant role, must apply to register with Ofsted.

As the nominated individual you must also tell us about these people.

Each of these people will need an enhanced check with barred lists from DBS.

After you send us your information

Ofsted will carry out suitability checks. If we have any questions or issues we will send you an online message in Ofsted Online, so you may want to log in and check your messages regularly.

Childminder assistants

If you want to work as a childminder assistant, we will send you a suitability letter once we have finished our checks. You cannot work unsupervised as an assistant until you have this letter.

Contact Ofsted

If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us at:

enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk
Contact form
Telephone: 0300 123 1231

Published 6 September 2018
Last updated 19 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include links and instruction for new digital services. There has been no change in law or policy.

  2. Added information for people providing their details through Ofsted's new pilot childminder registration service.

  3. Clarified guidance on childminding assistants and suitability letters.

  4. First published.