Children are considered to be a vulnerable group, so food safety is very important. Since 2006, many childminders have been covered by food hygiene regulations. The Food Standards Agency has produced a special pack called 'Safer food, better business for childminders', which enables childminders to do comply with the law with as little paperwork as possible.
Childminders covered by the regulations will also need to register as a 'food business operator' with their local authority. These regulations do not apply to all childminders – it depends whether they regularly provide snacks or meals for the children in their care. The Food Standards Agency has produced some specific guidance for childminders, which explains how they can tell if they are covered by the regulations or not.