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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.

Page Last Updated: Thursday, 01 February 2024 at 05:32 PM