Food safety for childminders

If you provide food for children in your care, the food hygiene regulations applies to you. This includes all food, from a drink of orange to a full cooked meal.

If you are only storing food prepared by a child's parent or guardian, the food hygiene regulations do not apply.


We will only inspect childminders if we receive complaints, or if there has been a case of food poisoning. In these circumstances, we will carry out a normal investigation. We expect you to maintain the same standards of safety as any other food business.


You don't need to register with us as a food business. You only need to register with Ofsted, who will share any relevant information with us.

More information

Visit the Food Standards Agency website for further information.

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