Become a childcare provider or childminder

Become a childcare provider or childminder

Not all childcare providers need to be registered.

We register four types of childcare provider.


A person providing care for one or more children aged between birth and 18, to whom they are not related, for reward, in someone’s home – usually their own

Home childcarer

A person providing care for children from birth up to the age of 18 at the home of one of the children. The children must be from no more than two families at any one time. Nannies and au pairs are the most common examples of home childcarers

Childcare on domestic premises

A group of four or more people working with children in someone’s home

Childcare on non-domestic premises

A person or organisation providing care on premises that are not someone’s home, such as a purpose-built nursery, or a village hall. This covers private and voluntary nurseries, pre-schools, out of-school clubs and holiday playschemes

Annual Report 2012/13