Regulation of services on Childcare Register: framework

How Ofsted regulates applicants and childcare services that are only on the Childcare Register.


Regulation of services on Childcare Register from March 2017

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This framework summarises the registration and inspection process for services registered only on the Childcare Register and any enforcement action Ofsted may take.

Published 20 August 2014
Last updated 6 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Change to 'Making an application' section: signing up to the DBS Update service is strongly recommended but no longer mandatory.

  2. Updated for new inspection arrangements from 1 April 2017.

  3. Document updated for the latest information.

  4. First published.