How Ofsted regulate childcare
Ofsted register and inspect those who provide childcare or early education for children aged between birth up to eighteen. They do this to ensure your children are in registered childcare and that they are cared for by people who are suitable. Ofsted have two different registers for childcare providers, the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register. The Childcare Register is in two parts, a compulsory part and a voluntary part. Regardless of which register people join, Ofsted are able to: * Register the childcare provider, or suspend or cancel their registration * Inspect the childcare, usually as an unannounced visit
* Take enforcement action against the provider in serious cases. Ofsted Registration
Ofsted register people and organisations who want to provide childcare. For everyone who applies, they carry out a series of checks. The number and style of checks they carry out depends on the position each person holds, including whether they work directly with children. The checks always include a check against police records. They do not check employees of registered providers, as this should be done by the provider, but they do check household members of childminders and any assistants they employ. Although they check people when they first register with Ofsted, they do not repeat the checks on a regular basis. Ofsted inspectors visit providers who apply to join the Early Years Register to carry out an interview with them and to confirm that their premises and equipment are suitable to be used for childcare. Inspectors must ensure that applicants can deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage and meet all the requirements for registration. Ofsted do not visit providers who want to join the Childcare Register, although they do carry out some checks, such as a check of their police record. They also ask to see proof of a valid first aid certificate. As part of their...