many children can a registered childminder care for?
any one time, childminders may care for a maximum
of six children under the age of eight (including
the childminder's own children or any other children
for whom they are responsible such as those being
these six children, normally three may be young
children, and only be one child under
the age of one. Exceptions to these ratio's may
be made by the childminder after due consideration
to the children's needs and risk assessments. A child is a young child up
until 1st September following his or her fifth birthday.
Any care provided for older children must
not adversely affect the care of children receiving
early years provision. In any circumstance,
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