Childcare and early years

Finding childcare, running a childcare business, financial support, data collection, local authority obligations.


  1. Unpaid parental leave

    Employer and employee guide to unpaid parental leave - eligibility, how much leave can be taken and notice periods

  2. Early years foundation stage

    The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5

  3. Employing someone to work in your home

    The employment status of au pairs, nannies, carers, personal assistants and other people who work in your home - how to tell if they're an employee or not, what happens with the National Minimum Wage, tax and National Insurance, what happens if you get direct payments for care in your home

  4. Find free early education and childcare

    Check if your council offers free early education and childcare

  5. Find an Ofsted inspection report

    Search for Ofsted inspection reports for childminders and childcare providers, schools, colleges, further education providers, children and families services

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update
  2. Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures
  3. Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
  4. Sign in to your childcare provider account for Tax-Free Childcare
  5. Education inspection framework (EIF)
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News and communications

  1. Amanda Spielman at ResearchEd Birmingham 2020
  2. Chief Inspector warns against pursuing success without substance
  3. Check your blind cords and keep your home safe
  4. PM calls for greater equality in parental leave
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Research and statistics

  1. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2019
  2. Childcare and early years survey of parents 2018: follow-up survey report
  3. Financial returns to early education spending
  4. Early education and outcomes to age 5
  5. Childcare Choices: Tax-Free Childcare advertising campaign evaluation
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Early years childcare fees regulations
  2. Early years foundation stage reforms
  3. Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education
  4. Surveys on childcare and early years in England
  5. Government response to the 'First 1000 days of life' report
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare
  2. Number of children’s centres: 2003 to 2019
  3. Childminder and home childcarer (nanny) applications
  4. Ofsted Inspectors: lists
  5. Ofsted Annual Report 2017/18: education, children’s services and skills
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