Childminders and Crèches


Childminders are day care providers who work in their own homes.

Childminders offer a flexible approach to day care. Children cared for by childminders can become involved in the local community i.e. parent and toddler group, playgroup etc. Arrangements can also be made to cover childcare during school holidays for older children. A mid-day meal is usually provided and the hours of care and type of activities can be negotiated.

Hours and fees vary between childminders and will need to be negotiated. It is advisable to sign a contract of agreement before the childminding begins.

All childminders must be registered and inspected by Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), who will check on their suitability, their home and everyone over the age of 16 living in the house. For information on how to access a childcarer’s inspection report please contact CSSIW on 01495 761200 or visit their website.

For more information on childminders in your area please contact the Family Information Service on 0800 0196330.

If you would like to become a registered childminder, please contact Torfaen’s Childcare Business Support Team on 01633 648155. A Business Support Officer will gladly provide guidance on the process of becoming a childminder and advise you of any available funding.

Never consider leaving your child with a minder who is not registered or whose insurance cover does not protect your child.


Crèches provide occasional childcare for children under eight while their parents are shopping, playing sport or on a course, for example. Parents are expected to remain on the premises. A creche must be registered if it operates for more than two hours a day, even where individual children attend for shorter periods. 

To find a local crèche please contact the Family Information Service.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Family Information Service

Tel: 0800 0196330


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