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Choosing early learning and childcare outside the home that's right for your child is an important decision to make. There's a huge amount of choice out there, from nurseries to playgroups to childminders.

Most childcare providers must be registered with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) but there are some types of childcare that do not need to be registered.

Childminders look after children in the childminder's own home on a full or part-time basis depending upon parents' needs. Some childminders will work early mornings, evenings, weekends and in the holidays.

Childminders may also drop off or collect your child from school, or take your child to pre-school, a parent and toddler group or nursery.

You can search for childminders using our online directory.