Childminders are registered with the Care Inspectorate to provide care and education in their own home for other people's children.

Each childminder is a self-employed small business and they take care of their own tax and national insurance. Parents and carers complete a contract agreeing hours, service and costs.

National Care Standards can help you decide about a service, they are the minimum standard required by law and services are scored against how well they meet the standards.

All adults living in the childminders home must have a Disclosure check completed.

Where to find services

Details are available through Falkirk Families Information Service or on the Scottish Family Information Service website.

Plus points

  • Flexible hours & adaptable routine
  • Small groups of children
  • Learn from real life experiences
  • Family home environment

Age range

Children can usually attend a childminder from birth to 16 years but this varies for each childminder.


The cost of a childminder can be between £3.75 to £4.75 per hour. Charges vary and childminders set their own charges.

Opening hours

Childminders decide on their own working hours but most are open from 8am to 6pm. Childminding services are open all year and offer part-time, full-time and flexible hours.