Inspecting registered childcare providers: information for parents

How Ofsted regulates childcare and what parents should do if they have concerns about their provider.

Applies to England



This factsheet includes information about:

  • how Ofsted regulates childcare
  • what information is available for parents and carers when choosing childcare, such as Ofsted inspection reports
  • how to raise concerns about a childcare provider
Published 15 January 2013
Last updated 3 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated the 'Inspections' section to reflect the 6-year inspection window and added links to published guidance.

  2. Updated links and dates

  3. 'What will you do with the information?' section updated for first paragraph,

  4. First published.