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Ofsted-registered childcare

Registered or not registered—what does it mean?

Some childcare is regulated and inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). This means that Ofsted have checked that a set of standards have been met and that a childcare provider is suitable to look after children. Some childcare is unregistered which means that checking how suitable the care is rests with the parent or carer.

Childcare must be registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency if you want to be paid to look after children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day in England – unless you’re exempt.

There are 2 registers:

  • The Early Years Register looks after children aged 5 and under
  • The Childcare Register looks after children aged 5 to 7

The Early Years Register is for children from birth up to the 31 August after their fifth birthday. You must be on the Childcare Register to look after children after that, up to their eighth birthday.

Childcare or Early years provision run by the school will be registered with Ofsted under the school's inspection framework.

  • If the provision run by the school is for under 2s this will be required to be registered under the Early Years register as well as the school's inspection framework
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