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Providing childcare services in England

Find out what you must do to register as a childcare provider with Ofsted, as well as how you must run certain parts of your service.

These guides are in 4 categories, telling you what you need to do if you want to apply to:

  • be a childminder
  • be a nanny
  • be a nursery or other type of daycare
  • register on the Childcare Register, if you do not fit into one of the above categories

Each section also has important information for running that type of childcare. This includes:

  • adding a setting where you can look after children
  • which people, who join or leave, that you need to tell Ofsted about
  • reporting serious childcare incidents such as temporary closures, or a child’s illness or injury
  • paying an Ofsted invoice in relation to your childcare

Childminders

Nannies

  1. Apply to register as a nanny
  2. Report a serious childcare incident
  3. Pay your childcare or social care invoice

Nurseries and other daycare

Childcare registrations

If you do not meet the registration requirements of any of the above childcare provider types, you might be able to register only on the Childcare Register.

There are 2 parts of the Childcare Register - voluntary and compulsory. They have different registration requirements.

  1. Apply to join the Childcare Register (CR1)
  2. Add a setting to your application to register a daycare (EYS)
  3. Qualifying for the compulsory part of the Childcare Register
  4. Qualifying for the voluntary part of the Childcare Register
  5. Daycare roles that must register with Ofsted
  6. Apply to join a nursery or other daycare organisation (EY2)
  7. Report changes to registered people in your nursery or other daycare (EY3)
  8. Add another setting to your nursery or other daycare organisation (EYS)
  9. Report a serious childcare incident
  10. Pay your childcare or social care invoice
Published 30 January 2020
Last updated 19 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include information and links to new digital services for childminders and nannies. There is no change in law or policy.

  2. First published.