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Becoming a Childcare Provider

Overview

Anyone interested in becoming a childcare provider must register and be inspected by OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education).

We can give advice about the registration process of becoming a registered childcare provider.

We collect information from childcare providers on the services they offer and promote these services by supplying lists to parents and carers.

You can obtain detailed information via the links to the Ofsted web site (at the foot of this page) which include regulatory and background information on:

  • becoming a Childminder or Home Child Carer
  • setting up a Day Nursery, Pre-school, Creche, Out of School Club or Play Scheme

To apply online you will need to visit the OFSTED online portal,

Access to OFSTED’s online service is managed via the Government Gateway. This is a secure system to protect the data and information you provide and is used by a number of Government Departments.




Essential Information
  • The Early Years Register is for providers caring for children from birth until the 31 August after their 5th birthday, this is known as the early years age group and these providers must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).


  • The child care register is a list of child care providers for children aged from birth to 17 years. The child care register has two parts:

    • The voluntary part is mainly for providers looking after children aged 8 and over or providing care in their own home
    • The compulsory part is for providers who care for one or more children following their 5th birthday and until the child is 8

  • There are 4 types of early years and child care providers registered by OFSTED:

    Child care on domestic premises – a group of 4 or more people working with children in someone’s homes.

    Child care on non-domestic premises – a person or organisation providing child care on premises that’s not someone’s home, such as a purpose built nursery or village hall.

    Home Child Carer – Home child carers care for children from birth up to the age of 18 years at the home of one of the children. The children must be from no more than two families at any one time. Nannies and Au Pairs are the most common examples of Home Child Carers.

    Child Minder – Child minders on the Early Years Register provide care for one or more children aged between birth and 5, to whom they are not related in someone’s home, usually the child minder’s own home, and charge for this service:

    • Child Minders on the compulsory part of the Child Care Register provide care for one or more children aged between 5 and 8 years of age

    • Child Minders on the voluntary part of the Child Care Register provide care for children from 8 to 18 years of age in someone’s home, usually the child’s own, and charge for this service.
  • You can not update the following details and you will need to go online at www.ofsted.gov.uk/contact-us or telephone OFSTED:

    • No. of Registered Children
    • Address of child care setting/provision
    • OFSTED rating
    • Conditions, e.g. Overnight care
    • Name of Child Minder / Nursery.

    We can update some child care provider details, for example, your e-mail address, telephone number etc. If you want us to update your child care provider details, excluding those detailed above complete the online enquiry form.

  • Children's Information and Advice Service (CIAS)
    0121 303 1888

    OFSTED Helpline
    0300 123 1231 - Mon-Fri 8.00am to 6.45pm
    OFSTED, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester M1 2WD


Frequently Asked Questions
    • You will need to attend a pre-registration session where you will find out more about becoming a child minder. To find out when the next session is being held you should contact the Early Years & Child Care Service on 0121 303 2605.

      You will need to complete a paediatric first-aid course (before registration) and an introductory child care course (within six months of registration). The Early Years & Child Care Service can help access these courses.

      An OFSTED inspector will arrange a convenient time to carry out a registration visit where you will need to show how you have met the requirements of the EYFS. If successful a registration certificate will be issued and you will be able to start work as a registered child minder.

    • The number of places a group day care provider can be registered for will depend on a number of factors including space available and numbers of staff.

    • You can apply online using the OFSTED website or download the forms at the bottom of this page. You should also contact the Early Years and Child Care Service who will be able to provide you with information and advice and help you to access training.

      Once you have completed the form and sent it to OFSTED, they will send you the relevant Disclosure and Barring forms to complete and advise what the application fee is. You will need to complete these forms and return them to OFSTED with the application fee.