a childminder can demonstrate to parents and Ofsted
Inspectors that the individual needs of all the
children are being met, exceptions to the usual
ratios can be made when childminders are caring
for sibling babies, or when caring for their own
baby. If children aged four and five only
attend the childminding setting before and/or after
a normal school day, and/or during school holidays,
they may be cared for at the same time as three
other young children. But in all circumstances,
the total number of children under the age of eight
being cared for must not exceed six.
a childminder employs an assistant or works with
another childminder, each childminder (or assistant)
may care for the number of children permitted by
the ratios specified above.
may be left in the sole charge of the childminders'
assistants for two hours at most in a single day.
must obtain parents and/or carers permission to
leave children with an assistant, including for
very short periods of time.
childminders providing overnight care, the ratios
continue to apply and the childminder must always
be able to hear the children (this may be via a