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Childminders are self-employed to offer childcare in their own homes (rather than in the child's home).

Most offer services to both under fives and school-aged children, although some specialise in a particular age group.

They are registered and inspected by Ofsted.

Many parents choose a childminder as they need additional flexibility due to their work patterns or so that their child will be cared for in a small group in a home environment.

Childminders choose their own working hours but, in the Borough of Swindon, they're strongly encouraged to offer flexible services to parents including:

  • Early mornings
  • Late evenings
  • Overnight
  • Weekends
  • Bank holidays
  • Times to accommodate shift patterns

Home childcarers

These differ from childminders as they are registered by Ofsted to provide childcare in the child's home.

Parents employing a home childcarer have responsibilities as employers, for matters such as appropriate insurance and PAYE.

Further information

Please see the Family Information Service page for further guidance about choosing registered childcare and to find a list of providers in your area.

If you are looking for information about how to become a registered childminder in Swindon, please see the 'Childminders – starting up’ page on the schoolsonline website.

Last updated: 26 January 2016. Was this information helpful?

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