Children's centres, childminders, pre-schools and nurseries

Register as an early years childminder, childminder regulations, childcare inspections, Sure Start.


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

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

  2. Being inspected as a children's centre: self-evaluation form

    Self-evaluation form linked to the judgements that Ofsted will make at inspection.

  3. Inspecting children's centres: report template

    Template for Ofsted inspection reports of children’s centres.

Guidance and regulation

  1. Emergency planning and response
  2. 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

  1. Become a childminder: pre-registration briefing

    • Guidance
    • Ofsted
  2. Sure Start children's centres: guidance for local authorities

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
See all guidance and regulation


  1. Early rollout of 30 hours free childcare: evaluation

    • Department for Education
    • Research
See all transparency