Whether you're looking at childminders, early years centres, nurseries, playgroups or out-of-school clubs, the choice of childcare is yours and there is a suitable option for every family.
Ofsted is responsible for regulating the quality of childcare provision and the registration, investigation, inspections and enforcement of early learning and childcare provision.
Their role also includes:
Ofsted provides information about how they regulate childcare providers, how parents/carers can use that information when choosing childcare and what to do if you have a concern about a provider.
Read Ofsted's factsheet for parents and carers using childcare services
If there are other things you want to know, do not be afraid to ask. Good childcare staff expect you to ask questions and will be happy to answer them.
Search for childcare
If you are unable to find childcare, our Families' Information Service will look for up to 3 available childcare providers that can offer a service to meet your individual requirements.
Complete our online form
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