Childcare and early years

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


  1. Early years foundation stage

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

  2. Find free early education and childcare

    Check if your council offers free early education and childcare

  3. Find an Ofsted inspection report

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

  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. Check early years qualifications
  3. Sign in to your childcare provider account for Tax-Free Childcare
  4. Sign up to Tax-Free Childcare if you’re a childcare provider
  5. Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills
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News and communications

Research and statistics

  1. Childcare and early years providers survey: 2018
  2. LA and school expenditure: 2016 to 2017 financial year
  3. 30 hours free childcare: eligibility codes issued and validated
  4. Education provision: children under 5 years of age, January 2018
  5. 30 hours free childcare: evaluation of the national rollout
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Early education and childcare workforce: level 2 qualifications
  2. Childcare workers: changes to disqualification arrangements
  3. Surveys on childcare and early years in England
  4. Lullabyz Nursery
  5. Supporting early years providers to run sustainable businesses
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17: education, children’s services and skills
  2. FOI: early years dataset as at 31 March 2017
  3. FOI: early years dataset as at 31 December 2016
  4. FOI: early years dataset as at 31 August 2016
  5. Memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and FSA
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