Providing childcare

Becoming a childcare provider, recruiting staff, inspections, early years curriculum, funding and finance.


  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. 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

  3. 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

  4. Childcare and children's social care health declaration form

    Health declaration form for childminders and people who work in childcare or children's social care.

  5. Early years and childcare services: EY3 changes to individuals

    EY3 form for childminders and other childcare providers to tell Ofsted about changes to childminding assistants, household members or certain people in organisations.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
  2. Sign in to your childcare provider account for Tax-Free Childcare
  3. Sign up to Tax-Free Childcare if you’re a childcare provider
  4. Check early years qualifications
  5. EYFS staff:child ratios - DfE approved qualifications
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News and communications

  1. Ofsted calls for early years experts
  2. Little Ducklings Pre-School inspection: Ofsted statement
  3. Childcare and early years applications: delays in July
  4. Reduce school holidays stress with help for childcare costs
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Research and statistics

  1. Children’s services omnibus
  2. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 August 2018
  3. Childcare and early years providers survey: 2018
  4. 30 hours free childcare: eligibility codes issued and validated
  5. Education provision: children under 5 years of age, January 2018
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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. Early years pupil premium and funding for 2-year-olds
  4. Lullabyz Nursery
  5. Early years providers: how to promote your business
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