Setting up a childcare business Childcare is any form of care for a child, including education or any other supervised activity. Most providers caring for children under 8 years old for more than 2 hours a day must register with Ofsted. Find out more in childcare provider guidance on registering with Ofsted. If you are interested in opening your own day nursery, pre-school playgroup, after school club or holiday playscheme in Trafford and need support with the registration process, contact the Family Information Service with details of your business idea. Childminders are self employed and also have to register with Ofsted. Find out more about the training you will need to complete and the costs involved in becoming a childminder. Childminders who have registered with Ofsted or a childminding agency within the last 3 months may be able to apply for a government grant. Find out more about the childcare business grants scheme.