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Childminders

Child Day Care for Children under the age of 8

The Registration and Inspection Unit (R & I Unit) regulate day care facilities for children under the age of 8 years, under the Regulation of Care Act 2013.

There is information on the Department of Health and Social Care website regarding:

  • public lists of registered childminders, nurseries, playgroups and crèches;
  • information for parents regarding choosing a childminder;
  • inspection reports;
  • how to become a registered childminder;
  • setting up a Child Day Care service;
  • advice regarding any of the above.

What is a childminder?

Under the Regulation of Care Act 2013 a childminder is a person who looks after one or more children under the age of 8 years, for more than a total of 2 hours a day on domestic premises (other than the child’s own home) for reward under the Regulation of Care Act 2013.  Any person acting as a childminder will need to be registered with the Department’s R & I Unit (parents and relatives are exempt).

Under the Regulation of Care Act 2013 if you act as a childminder without being registered, it could lead to prosecution.

What is a Child Day Care?

Child day care is provided at any time for children under the age of 8 on premises other than domestic premises, where the period in any one day exceeds 2 hours.  Child day care is provided into the following 4 types:

Full Day Care

Child day care for children under 8 for a continuous period of 4 hours or more in any day.

Sessional Day Care

Child day care for children under 8 that are less than a continuous period of 4 hours in any day.

Crèches 

Crèches provide occasional care for children under 8 for more than 5 days a year.  They need to be registered where they provide a service for a total of more than 2 hours a day; even when individual children attend for a shorter period.

Out of school care

Including drop-in play provision and special interest activity clubs.  Under the Regulation of Care Act 2013 anyone who wishes to provide a child day care facility for children under the age of 8, for more than 2 hours in any day and for 6 days or more in any year will be required to register with the Department.

 

Contact details

Registrations and Inspections (Child Day Care)

Department of Health and Social Care

3rd Floor

Murray House

Mount Havelock

Douglas

IM1 2SF

Telephone:+44 1624 642422

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