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What is Registered Childcare?

Ofsted registers most but not all childcare, either on the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register.  Ofsted regularly inspects childcare providers to ensure that the standards they expect all childcare providers to uphold are being met.  Inspections are used to provide guidance and support to educators to ensure that all the children are meeting the appropriate milestones that should be expected within the childcare setting as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Family Information Services receive a nightly download from Ofsted to ensure the information we provide is accurate and up to date. 

If the childcare provider is registered to receive the 2/ 3 and 4 Year Old Free Entitlement funding they have met additional criteria set by the Local Authority.   

How Often is Childcare Inspected?

They are inspected at least once every 3 years, and are given one of 3 grades: Outstanding, Good and Requires Improvement.

How Can I See the Ofsted Report?

You can find out more about individual inspections by viewing the 'Quality' tab in the individual childcare record.  You can also read the inspection reports on the Ofsted website or by clicking on the Ofsted URN within the provider record.