Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years

Working as a Childminder

Working as a Childminder

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Childminders usually look after other people's children in the childminder's home. They are self-employed and will take care of a limited number of children. They often form networks to help support each other. Childminders must have a suitable first aid qualification before registering with Ofsted. You can find out more on our childminding pages https://earlyyears.buckscc.gov.uk/childminders-and-nannies/


Nannies care for children in their own home. In some cases, the family prefer the nanny to live-in. Many nannies register with agencies to help them find suitable employment. Agencies generally prefer nannies to hold relevant qualifications at level 2 or above. If you choose to register on Ofsted's voluntary register, then this  can enable parents to take up the Working Tax Credit (if eligible).

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