Providing childcare

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

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

    EY3 form to tell Ofsted about certain changes to individuals, including names, addresses and any start or leave dates.

  2. Childcare services exempt from registering with Ofsted: form

    Childcare services who are not required to register with Ofsted should fill in this form.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
  2. Early years foundation stage

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

  3. Check early years qualifications
  1. Emergency planning and response

    • Detailed guide
    • Department for Education
  2. 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

    • Guide
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News and communications

  1. Views sought on early years education for disadvantaged children

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  2. Robert Goodwill: speech to Nursery World Business Summit

    • Department for Education
    • Speech
  3. Amanda Spielman's speech at the Nursery World business summit

    • Ofsted
    • Speech
  4. Prime Minister: This is a government that delivers

    • Closed organisation: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Department for Education, and Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street
    • Press release
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Policy and engagement

  1. Early education and childcare workforce: level 2 qualifications
  2. Early years pupil premium and funding for 2-year-olds
  1. Early years providers: how to promote your business

    • Department for Education
    • Case study
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  1. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
  2. Children’s services omnibus

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  3. 30 hours free childcare: eligibility codes issued and validated

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
  4. Early Years Register (EYR) joiners and leavers, with inspection judgements: October 2014 to September 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Research
  5. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2017

    • Ofsted
    • Official statistics
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