Performance and inspection of childcare providers

Early years information, inspection guidance, Ofsted registration fee, how to complain or object.


  1. Inspecting early years providers: reporting requirements for inspectors

    Inspection report writing guidance for early years inspectors.

  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. Early years provision in schools: apply for disqualification waiver

    Form for applying to Ofsted for a decision to waive disqualification.

  1. Become a childminder agency

    Application forms to complete to register with Ofsted and the notification form to tell Ofsted about changes.

  2. Inspecting children's centres: report template

    Template for Ofsted inspection reports of children’s centres.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Being inspected as a childminder or childcare provider

    Find out when you'll be inspected by Ofsted, how to prepare, how you'll be inspected and how you'll be graded

  1. Complain about an Ofsted inspection report

    You can complain about an Ofsted inspection report if you think there was a problem - the inspection process, how the inspection was conducted, the outcome of the inspection

    • Answer
  2. Early years provider non-compliance: action by Ofsted

    • Guidance
    • Ofsted
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  1. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
  2. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
  3. Early years and childcare inspections and outcomes: September 2008 to August 2012

    • Ofsted
    • Research
  4. Evaluation of the Sefton community adolescent service

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  5. FOI: early years dataset as at 31 March 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Foi release
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