Ofsted inspections of early years and childcare providers

How Ofsted inspects childcare and early years, including the education inspection framework, deferring inspections, and safeguarding.

Guidance for inspectors

Guidance for providers and early years settings

Childcare Register

How Ofsted regulates and inspects childcare that is only registered on the Childcare Register.

Guidance for parents

Published 1 December 2014
Last updated 25 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated with safeguarding concerns guidance for inspectors.

  2. Early years annual report 2012/13 added

  3. First published.