Becoming a childcare provider

Registration, agencies, children's social care providers, financial references, DBS checks.


  1. Childcare and children's social care health declaration form

    Health declaration form for childminders and people who work in childcare or children's social care.

  2. Applying to waive disqualification: early years and childcare providers

    Forms and guidance for childminders and providers of childcare on non-domestic premises.

  3. Childcare services exempt from registering with Ofsted: form

    Childcare services who are not required to register with Ofsted should fill in this form.

  1. EYA approval to operate from non-domestic premises for childcare services

    Application form to provide childcare on non-domestic premises for up to 50% of the time.

  2. Children's social care providers: SC3 changes to individuals or premises

    SC3 is the form you need to use to tell Ofsted about certain changes within social care services and organisations that run the services.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Register as a childminder or childcare provider (England)

    How to register as a childminder or childcare provider: the Ofsted Childcare Register, the Early Years Register, who can register, how to apply

  2. Early education and childcare
  1. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks: childcare providers

    • Guidance
    • Ofsted and Disclosure and Barring Service
  2. Criminal record checks for childminders and childcare workers

    • Detailed guide
    • Ofsted
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Policy and engagement

  1. Early years providers: how to promote your business

    • Department for Education
    • Case study
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  1. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
  2. FOI: early years dataset as at 31 March 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Foi release
  3. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2016

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
  4. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 August 2016

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
  5. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2016

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
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