Childminders and nannies

All early years settings (including childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and playgroups and) give children the opportunity to play and learn, try new things, develop social skills and make friends. 

If you are looking for home based childcare, choosing a childminder may be the best option for you.

Childminders look after children in their own homes and offer a range of  educational activities for children to play and learn, try new things, develop social skills and make friends. Watch the video below to hear from some of our childminders.


  • can be flexible about the hours they work
  • should provide your child with care, fun and learning
  • take children to local parks, playgrounds, toy libraries, drop-in groups and children's centres
  • may offer pick ups and drop offs to part-time nursery sessions and to school
  • have had basic training and access to regular refresher training (some also have accredited qualifications including level 3 and degree level qualifications)
  • have to undergo checks to ensure they are suitable to work with children - these include checks on every member of their household who is over 16 years of age

Find a childminder near you

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Choosing a childminder

Flexible childcare

Some of our childminders can offer childcare at short notice, overnight care and extended hours to support parents who work in the evenings and early mornings.

Find out more information on our flexible childminder pool.

If you are having difficulties finding the right childcare to suit your needs, contact Children and Family Information Services and ask for help from our childcare brokerage service.

Information for early years providers including childminders


Find a childminder

Use our Family Information Directory to search for a childminder near you.

Find childminders near you