Guidance

Become a registered early years or childcare provider in England

Guidance about registering with Ofsted to provide childcare and a list of situations when you don't have to register.

Documents

Early years and childcare registration handbook

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Registration not required

Registration not required

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Details

This guidance includes:

  • information about the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register
  • who can apply to register
  • information about registration fees
  • what applicants will need before they register
  • registration requirements
  • details of the checks and inspections Ofsted carries out

The ‘Registration not required’ document lists the situations when childcare providers do not have to register.

Visit Ofsted Online to apply online to join the Childcare Register or the Early Years Register.

Published 22 December 2015
Last updated 6 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated paragraphs 28 and 31: Ofsted strongly recommends signing up to the DBS Update service but this is no longer mandatory.
  2. Minor changes as follows: Annex A, page 31, item 11 of the registration not required table - removed the text ‘excluding childminders’. Page 12, para 46 - added a footnote to clarify the definition of a ‘governing body’, in the context of an organisation.
  3. First published.