Childcare and early years

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


  1. Find an Ofsted inspection report

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

  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. Find free early education and childcare

    Check if your council offers free early education and childcare

  4. Find a nursery school place

    Apply for a place in a nursery school for children under 5 through your local council

  5. Unpaid parental leave

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

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
  2. Education inspection framework (EIF)
  3. Sign in to your childcare provider account for Tax-Free Childcare
  4. Early years inspection handbook
  5. Check early years qualifications
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News and communications

  1. PM calls for greater equality in parental leave
  2. Society-wide mission to boost early literacy and communication
  3. Button batteries campaign: how to stay safe
  4. Stoke Speaks Out: supporting speech, language and communication
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Research and statistics

  1. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2018
  2. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2019
  3. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 August 2018
  4. Childrens Social Care Statistics for Northern Ireland 2018/19
  5. Education inspection framework: overview of research
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Early years foundation stage reforms
  2. Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education
  3. Early years childcare fees regulations
  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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