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

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


  1. Become a childminder or nanny (England)

    How to register as a childminder or nanny: the Ofsted Childcare Register, the Early Years Register, who can register, how to apply

  2. 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

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

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

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

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

  5. Inspecting children's centres: report template

    Template for Ofsted inspection reports of children’s centres.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. DBS checks for childminders and childcare workers
  2. Become a childminder: pre-registration briefing
  3. Emergency planning and response
  4. Sure Start children's centres: guidance for local authorities
  5. Inspection of services on Childcare Register
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Research and statistics

  1. Early rollout of 30 hours free childcare: evaluation
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and FSA
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