Ofsted and early years guidelines

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people. They are responsible for:


  • maintained schools and academies, some independent schools, and many other educational institutions and programmes outside of higher education
  • childcare, adoption and fostering agencies and initial teacher training


  • a range of early years and children’s social care services, making sure they’re suitable for children and potentially vulnerable young people


  • publishing reports of their findings so they can be used to improve the overall quality of education and training
  • informing policymakers about the effectiveness of these services

Find out what you must do to register as a childcare provider with Ofsted, as well as how you must run certain parts of your service.

To register to become a childminder

You will need to be registered as a childminder with Ofsted if you want to look after other people’s children for two hours or more a day:

  • who are any age up to their eighth birthday
  • in your home or someone else’s home

Apply to register as a childminder

Apply to register your nursery or other daycare organisation (EYO)

You must apply to register your nursery, or other daycare organisation for children, with Ofsted.

Apply to register your nursery or other daycare organisation (EYO)

Quality advisors will support you through the registration process, this includes an initial online session on how to register and what you need to have in place for your registration visit; once registered you will receive support up to your first inspection.

The Bromley Early Years Team deliver a six-week course to give you the knowledge required for successful registration with Ofsted. For further details about the course content and cost please email: eyqualitymanager@bromley.gov.uk