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Choosing a childminder

Childminders offer a flexible and secure childcare service from their own home.

Childminders are categorised as childcare providers.

It is best to select a provider that has been graded Good (Grade 2) or Outstanding (Grade 1). Research has shown that nurseries and childminders that provide a high quality of care and education have a more positive impact on children’s learning and development.

Find a childcare provider.

Guide to choosing childminder

This is a guide to choosing the best childminder for you and your child.

Paying for childminding services

Financial arrangements are a private matter to be agreed between parent and child minder.

However, we strongly advise that parents sign a contract with their childminder.

Parents and carers may be eligible for financial support.

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