Childminding inspections

Childminders in England are registered and inspected by Ofsted. In Wales, the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) is responsible for childminders' registration and inspection.

Most childminders are inspected every two to three years. The inspection is to ensure that providers are working to the registration requirements of either England or Wales - the minimum standards to which all providers must work.

Childminders in both countries need to complete a self-evaluation form which helps the inspector carry out the inspection.

Registered childminders in England must deliver and are inspected against the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

In Wales, CIW and the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare for children up to the age of 12 years outline the inspection requirements for childminders in Wales.

In both countries, the inspectors look at the child's experience of the childminding setting and consider parents' views as part of the inspection.