Becoming a childcare provider

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

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

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

  2. Briefing note: how Ofsted regulates and inspects childcare

    Briefing note for magistrates and magistrates’ courts explaining the legal framework for Ofsted’s regulation and inspection of childcare.

  3. Early education and childcare

    Statutory guidance for local authorities on the provision of early education and childcare.

  4. Early years and childcare statistics

    Statistics from Ofsted for early years and childcare.

  5. Early years business and finance support: supplier registration form

    Form for suppliers to complete if they wish to be listed in our early years business and finance support directory.

  6. Early years childcare: registering with Ofsted

    Guidance and forms for becoming a childminder or childcare provider in England.

  7. How to appeal: guidance for childcare providers

    How a prospective or registered childcare provider can appeal if Ofsted plans to take steps that will affect their registration.

  8. How to object: guidance for childcare providers

    How to object if Ofsted plans to take steps that will affect registration.

  9. Register as a childminder agency in England

    You must register on the Ofsted Childcare Register and/or the Early Years Register to set up a childminder agency in England, includes how long it takes, fees and how to apply

  10. 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