Become a registered early years or childcare provider in England

This Ofsted guide provides information about applying to join the Early Years Register and Childcare Register.



This guidance came into effect on 1 January 2016. It replaced the following guidance:

  • Early years and childcare providers: registration and suitability handbook
  • How to register on the Childcare Register
  • How to register on the Early Years Register
  • Childcare Register requirements for childcare providers on non-domestic or domestic premises
  • Childcare Register requirements for childminders and home childcarers
  • Types of childcare that don’t need to register with Ofsted
  • Early Years Register: preparing for your registration visit

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