Providing childcare

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

Becoming a childcare provider

Registration, agencies, children's social care providers, financial references, DBS checks.

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

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

  2. Briefing note: how Ofsted regulates and inspects childcare

    Briefing note for magistrates and magistrates’ courts explaining the legal framework for Ofsted’s regulation and inspection of childcare.

  3. Early education and childcare

    Statutory guidance for local authorities on the provision of early education and childcare.

  4. Early years and childcare statistics

    Statistics from Ofsted for early years and childcare.

  5. Early years business and finance support: supplier registration form

    Form for suppliers to complete if they wish to be listed in our early years business and finance support directory.

  6. Early years childcare: registering with Ofsted

    Guidance and forms for becoming a childminder or childcare provider in England.

  7. How to appeal: guidance for childcare providers

    How a prospective or registered childcare provider can appeal if Ofsted plans to take steps that will affect their registration.

  8. How to object: guidance for childcare providers

    How to object if Ofsted plans to take steps that will affect registration.

  9. 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

  10. 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

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. Briefing note: how Ofsted regulates and inspects childcare

    Briefing note for magistrates and magistrates’ courts explaining the legal framework for Ofsted’s regulation and inspection of childcare.

  3. Childminder agencies: a guide

    Guidance for anyone wanting to register and operate as a childminder agency.

  4. Early years business sustainability: supplier list and guides

    Guidance for early years providers on running a sustainable business, and a directory of suppliers of business and finance support.

  5. Emergency planning and response

    How schools and other educational settings should plan for and deal with emergencies, including severe weather and floods.

  6. Evaluation of children's centres in England (ECCE)

    The ECCE provides an in-depth understanding of children's centre services in deprived areas.

  7. Inspecting childminder agencies: framework

    Statutory basis for regulation of childminder agency provision.

  8. Inspection of services on Childcare Register

    Guidance on how Ofsted inspects childcare services that are only on the Childcare Register.

  9. Publishing childcare provider details on the Ofsted inspection reports website

    Childminders and childcare providers on domestic premises can consent to have their details online.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Sure Start children's centres: guidance for local authorities

    Statutory guidance on early childhood services and Sure Start children's centres.

  13. Sure Start children's centres: logos

    Logos for Sure Start children's centres and for organisations providing Sure Start services on behalf of a children’s centre.

Early years curriculum (0 to 5)

Early years foundation stage, including the framework, assessment and reporting arrangements and exemptions.

  1. 2016 Early years foundation stage: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

    Statutory guidance for headteachers and local authority assessment co-ordinators assessing and reporting the early years foundation stage (EYFS) during the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  2. Early years (under 5s) foundation stage framework (EYFS)

    The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children under 5.

  3. Early years foundation stage

    The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5

  4. Early years foundation stage profile: exemplification materials

    A series of materials for practitioners assessing children's development at the end of the early years foundation stage (EYFS).

  5. EYFS learning and development requirements: exemptions for children

    What early years settings need to do to disapply or modify some aspects of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) for an individual child.

  6. EYFS learning and development requirements: exemptions for providers

    What early years providers and independent schools must do to be exempt from some aspects of the early years foundation stage (EYFS).

Funding and finance for childcare providers

Early years pupil premium, education entitlement, business and finance support, sustainability.

  1. Childcare providers: sign up and receive payments from Tax-Free Childcare

    Receiving payments from parents if you're a childcare provider - sign up, check payment references, change your details for Tax-Free Childcare

  2. Early education entitlement for 2-year-olds: hourly rates

    The funding rates the Department for Education will use to set funding for local authorities in 2015 to 2016.

  3. Early years business and finance support: supplier registration form

    Form for suppliers to complete if they wish to be listed in our early years business and finance support directory.

  4. Early years business sustainability: supplier list and guides

    Guidance for early years providers on running a sustainable business, and a directory of suppliers of business and finance support.

  5. Early years pupil premium: guide for local authorities

    How much funding local authorities receive for the early years pupil premium, and how they should distribute it to early years providers.

  6. Early years pupil premium: model form and letter for parents

    Model form and letter to help providers of early years education identify which children are eligible for the early years pupil premium.

  7. Pupil premium: virtual school heads’ responsibilities

    How virtual school heads should manage the school-age pupil premium and the early years pupil premium for looked-after children.

Performance and inspection of childcare providers

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

  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. Briefing note: how Ofsted regulates and inspects childcare

    Briefing note for magistrates and magistrates’ courts explaining the legal framework for Ofsted’s regulation and inspection of childcare.

  3. Changes to education inspection from September 2015

    Details of the changes to how Ofsted will inspect early years provision, schools and further education and skills from September 2015.

  4. Childcare inspections: providers judged inadequate or not meeting requirements

    What happens when Ofsted judges a childcare provider to be inadequate or not meeting registration requirements.

  5. Childcare protocols between Ofsted and other organisations

    How Ofsted will work with other organisations.

  6. 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

  7. Complaint and compliance action summaries: guidance for inspectors

    Guidance for Ofsted inspectors writing outcome summaries for providers on the Early Years and/or Childcare Registers.

  8. Early years and childcare statistics

    Statistics from Ofsted for early years and childcare.

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

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

  10. Early years self evaluation form

    Early years providers can use this online form to help them improve. Inspectors use it to plan for inspections.

  11. Gathering additional evidence to secure an incomplete inspection: Ofsted-related protocol

    Arrangements for gathering further evidence where an inspection is incomplete.

  12. How to appeal: guidance for childcare providers

    How a prospective or registered childcare provider can appeal if Ofsted plans to take steps that will affect their registration.

  13. How to object: guidance for childcare providers

    How to object if Ofsted plans to take steps that will affect registration.

  14. Inspecting childminder agencies: framework

    Statutory basis for regulation of childminder agency provision.

  15. Inspecting early years providers: reporting requirements for inspectors

    Inspection report writing guidance for early years inspectors.

  16. Inspecting registered childcare providers: information for parents

    How Ofsted regulates childcare and what parents should do if they have concerns about their provider.

  17. Inspecting registered early years providers: guidance for inspectors

    Ofsted inspectors use this handbook when inspecting early years providers.

  18. Inspection of services on Childcare Register

    Guidance on how Ofsted inspects childcare services that are only on the Childcare Register.

  19. Ofsted inspections of children's centres

    Documents relating to Ofsted's inspection of children's centres.

  20. Ofsted regulation and inspection of childminder agencies

    Forms and guidance relating to Ofsted's regulation and inspection of childminder agencies.

  21. Ofsted's role in regulating childcare: poster for parents

    Childcare services can display this poster. It has information about our responsibilities and how parents can contact us.

  22. 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

  23. Regulating childcare in women's refuges: guidance for Ofsted

    Guidance to help Ofsted staff in their work. It complements the protocol with the Women’s Aid Federation.

  24. Regulation of services on Childcare Register: framework

    How Ofsted regulates applicants and childcare services that are only on the Childcare Register.

Recruiting and managing early years staff

Initial teacher training, qualifications criteria, standards, disqualifications.

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

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

  2. Check early years qualifications

    Find out if a person’s qualifications allow them to work in an early years setting and if you can include them in staff:child ratios.

  3. Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006

    Statutory guidance for schools about employing staff who have been disqualified from providing childcare.

  4. Early years educator (level 3): qualifications criteria

    This document outlines the assessment criteria and minimum qualification content requirements for level 3 early years educators.

  5. Early years initial teacher training (ITT) providers

    List of early years initial teacher training (ITT) providers.

  6. Early years qualifcations: pre-September 2014 criteria

    Criteria that early years qualifications, started before 1 September 2014, must meet to be classed as 'full and relevant' by DfE.

  7. Early years teachers' standards

    Best-practice standards for early years teachers.

  8. EYFS staff:child ratios - DfE approved qualifications

    Lists of qualifications that meet the DfE criteria for counting in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework staff:child ratios.