Suspending a childcare provider

Information for providers, parents and carers about what happens when we suspend a childcare provider’s registration.



Sometimes Ofsted needs to suspend a childcare provider’s registration if it believes a child or children may be at risk of harm. This does not always mean that the provider has done something wrong, but it does allow Ofsted time to look into its concerns or give it or the provider time to take steps to reduce or remove any possible risk.

Published 14 August 2012
Last updated 14 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Amended wording under ‘What Ofsted tells parents and carers’ to reflect that we may tell the suspended provider, parents and carers to contact the lead agency, if appropriate.

  2. Updated links to legislation and other published guidance documents.

  3. First published.