Framework for the regulation of providers on the Childcare Register

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

Applies to England



This framework gives an overview of the regulatory system for anyone applying to register on the Childcare Register and for anyone who is already registered on it.

If you are applying to register, or already registered on the Early Years Register, please see our childcare guidance by provider type.

Published 20 August 2014
Last updated 1 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated to simplify guidance and incorporate feedback from the sector. Clearer definitions added about the different parts of the Childcare Register. Updated links to supporting documents. Added average registration timescales. Clarified the ongoing requirements for registration and the need to continue to meet these to remain registered. Added information on how childminders can update their registration.

  2. Change to 'Making an application' section: signing up to the DBS Update service is strongly recommended but no longer mandatory.

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

  4. Document updated for the latest information.

  5. First published.