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Ofsted information and guidance for practitioners

This section has been created to provide information and guidance relating to Ofsted:

Registering with Ofsted:

Before you register with Ofsted to become a childcare provider, you should make sure you’re ready by:

  • contacting the Early Years Advisory Team
  • checking all documentation, policy and procedures and EYFS requirements are in place
  • checking that you have adequate staffing levels and suitably qualified staff are in place
  • ensuring that you are ready to receive children the day after your inspection
  • making sure adequate resources are available and that your environment suitable for the age range of children you are caring for

After you've applied for registration

The council will be informed by Ofsted of your proposal to register as a childcare provision.

How to apply to Ofsted
to register a childcare setting

Registering with Ofsted
(EY sector)

The registration visit

Childcare and children's social care
health declaration form

Preparing for the Ofsted inspection:

Preparing for Ofsted visit
(video tutorial)

New education inspection framework

Early years inspection handbook (EIF)

Compliance/reporting changes to Ofsted


Roles and responsibilities
of registered individual

Specific information for Childminders:

People connected with
Ofsted registered childcare

Reporting new adults in the home

Ofsted contact details

Tel: 0300 123 1231 ¦ E-mail ¦ Website 

Should you have any queries, please contact the Early Years Advisory Team

Last Updated 25/08/2022

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