Performance and inspection of childcare providers

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


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

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

  2. Become a childminder agency

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

  3. Early years provision in schools: apply for disqualification waiver

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

  1. Inspecting early years providers: reporting requirements for inspectors

    Inspection report writing guidance for early years inspectors.

  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

  2. Early years provider non-compliance: action by Ofsted
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  1. FOI: early years dataset as at 31 March 2018
  2. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2018
  3. 30 hours free childcare: summer term 2018
  4. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2017
  5. Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17: education, children’s services and skills
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