Ofsted childcare registration | Oxfordshire County Council

Ofsted childcare registration

Information about registering childcare with Ofsted.

The law defines childcare as any form of care for a child, including education or any other supervised activity. There are some exclusions from this definition, such as care provided by relatives, and education provided by a school for children from the September following their fifth birthday.

Ofsted registers childcare on two registers: the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register. You can read more about the registers on the Ofsted website. People can apply to join one register or both registers at the same time.

Ofsted's Guide to registration on the Early Years Register includes information for all applicants who wish to register as a childminder or a childcare provider on domestic or non-domestic premises. It provides an overview of how to make an application; the registration process; inspection and other visits Ofsted may undertake.

Exemption notification form for childcare providers that operate for 14 days or less in a 12-month period.

Do you want to register as a childminder?

Do you want to run your own nursery or pre-school?

Do you want to provide out of school childcare?

Last reviewed
22 March 2018

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