Select a link to access information from Ofsted
- Registration requirements - the requirements you will need to follow if you register with Ofsted to look after children.
- Become a registered early years or childcare provider in England
This guidance came into effect on 1 January 2016. It replaced the following:
- 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 - Annex A
- Early Years Register: preparing for your registration visit
- Exemption notification form
Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 December 2018: main findings
- Guidance - People connected with Ofsted-registered childcare
- Early Years and Childcare Services - EY3 changes to individuals
- Early years qualification finder. Relevant qualifications for early years
- Health declaration form - childcare registration form
- Childcare Providers: EYA approval to operate from non-domestic premises
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for those providers who register with Ofsted. This factsheet sets out Ofsted’s position on using existing Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks for providers who register with Ofsted.
Early years and childcare registration handbook:
Updated paragraphs 28 and 31: Ofsted strongly recommends signing up to the DBS Update service but this is no longer mandatory.
- Criminal record checks for childminders and childcare workers: How to get a DBS check if you want to look after children for a living: who needs a check, what it costs and how long it takes.
- Criminal records checks for overseas applicants - useful information for any prospective childcare applicant who has not been in the UK for any period of time in the last five years.
- Early Years Self-evaluation form (SEF) - a useful tool even if Ofsted will no longer require it.
- Documents relating to Ofsted's inspection of early years and childcare providers: Ofsted website
- Common Inspection Framework from September 2015
- Ofsted's new inspection arrangements to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development
- Early years inspection handbook
- Early Years inspection handbook - valid from September 2019
- School inspection handbook - updated July 2018
- Early years inspections: myths - Ofsted has produced this document to confirm the facts about our early years inspections and to dispel those myths that can sometimes result in unnecessary workloads for registered child carers. It should be read alongside the early years inspection handbook.
- Helping disavantaged young children: how good are local authorities and early years providers? Unknown children - destined for disadvantage?
- EY3 changes to individuals - EY3 form to tell Ofsted about certain changes to individuals, including names, addresses and any start or leave dates.
- Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from September 2015 (updated 14/05/19)
- Early years compliance handbook. What Ofsted does when a childminder or childcare provider does not comply with regulations. (pages 15-21 clarify examples of when Ofsted should be notified and what they consider to be serious injuries)
- How to appeal: guidance for childcare providers. How a prospective or registered childcare provider can appeal if Ofsted plans to take steps that will affect their registration.
- How to object: guidance for childcare providers. How to object if Ofsted plans to take steps that will affect registration.
- Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (PDF) - Department for Education website
- Every Child a Talker (PDF) - Guidance for Early Language Lead Practitioners. Published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2008.