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About us

For over 25 years we’ve shared the passion of childminders across the UK.

Formed in 1991 by and for local working childminders in Northamptonshire, we now support childminders across the country.

We believe in the benefits of childminding for children and their families and we understand the unique challenges childminders face. We’re here to ensure their success with training, resources and support created by our experts exclusively for childminders.

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Childminding UK is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Our charity number is 1182575.

Mission statement

Our mission is to offer professional support to Ofsted registered childminders, promoting high quality home based childcare through education and training and championing the vital and unique role childminders play.

We will support and work in partnership with children and families in every community to ensure that they have access to high quality childcare, enabling children to reach their full potential and keeping them at the heart of all our activities.

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Our Staff

We are passionate about the benefits of childminding for individual children and their families.


Executive Director
01536 502870


Operations Manager
01536 660061


Childminding Consultant
01536 691162


01536 626404


Childminding Consultant
01536 710248


Childminding Consultant

Neil Griffiths – Our patron

I was thrilled and deeply touched when asked to be Patron of Childminding UK. In my day, accredited childminders did not exist and as a child I was reliant on kind neighbours and friends of the family. How times have changed and improved greatly, thanks to so many amazing childminders all over the country. I jumped at the chance of being able to be part of such a wonderful group of professionals ensuring children get the best start in life!

Our Trustees

We’re managed by a team of practising childminders who, as trustees, form the voluntary management committee.

Theresa Anderson

Anita Baxter

Matt Burton

Alison Cobb

Julie Coombes

Jacqueline Edgar

Hayley Mackay

Ivy Rose Owusu-Baah

Lisa Wallace

Jenny Welling

Princess Royal Training Award Standard 2022

Princess Royal Training Award Standard 2022

We're delighted to be one of the 47 recipients to achieve the Princess Royal Training Awards standard in 2022 for our commitment to training and development.

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Become a Trustee

If you have the skills to take us forward and could offer your commitment as a Childminding UK Trustee please get in touch. Forms should be returned by email.

Download a job description Download an application form Nominate a potential trustee with our nomination form

For more information regarding trustee recruitment please contact Tina Maltman (Executive Director) on 01536 711809 or by email.

How we’re meeting sustainable development goals

We’re committed to meeting the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world.

Discover how

Our clients

We’re proud to provide training and support for a range of oganisations that support quality home based childcare.

Pen Green Northamptonshire

Pen Green is a Centre of Excellence in Northamptonshire who offer high quality education and care for children and their families. We've worked closely with them to deliver training and support to childminders.

Local Authorities

Working with local authorities we provide introductory training and membership to local pre-registration childminders. We currently provide this for: Peterborough, Brighton and Hove and Calderdale.

Community Interest Companies

Working with local authorities we provide Introductory training and membership for local pre-registration Childminders. We currently provide this for: Peterborough, Brighton and Hove, and Calderdale.

Enquire about training and support

If you are a Local Authority lead, Community Interest Company or other provider and would like to know how we can help you provide Ofsted recognised training and bespoke support for your clients, please contact us on [email protected].

Specialist trainers

We partner with a range of organisations who support quality home based childcare and can provide unique benefits to our members.

Ellie Collar

Ellie has a B.Ed (Hons) in Primary and Early Years Education, and an M.Ed in Special Educational Needs, and worked in special education schools for seven years, with children of all ages with severe to profound and multiple learning difficulties, including Autism, physical and sensory disabilities.

Ben Kingston-Hughes

Ben Kingston-Hughes is a national award-winning trainer and Managing Director of Inspired Children. He has worked with children for over 30 years and has twice appeared on television working with vulnerable children. His transformative training has been mentioned by Ofsted as an example of outstanding staff development.

Nigel Denby

Nigel Denby BSc RD is a Harley Street award winning Registered Dietitian with more than 20 years of experience. He is the author of ten successful nutrition books and a broadcaster across television and radio both in the UK and Europe. Dietitian of the Year 2013, Nigel is the author of The Denby Report – the leading and authoritative review of nutritional subjects.

Our partners

We partner with a range of organisations who support quality home based childcare and can provide unique benefits to our members.

Morton Michel

Specialists in Childcare Insurance, Morton Michel offer our members a discount on public liability insurance and access to their digital magazine. All Childminders can access additional benefits as Morton Michel policy holders.

West Northants Environmental Health team

We have formed the only Primary Authority Partnership for Childminders to ensure consistent and appropriate advice for Childminders around food safety and allergens. Childminding UK members can access assured advice to be confident that they are meeting all the required standards.