Checking childcare quality and standards

Checking childcare quality and standards

Childcare standards are regulated by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). Ofsted-registered providers are checked for safety and suitability for caring for children. Find out how Ofsted checks standards, and which providers need to be Ofsted-registered.

Care for children under five

All childcare providers caring for children from birth to 31 August after their fifth birthday, must register with Ofsted on the Early Years Register (EYR). All providers on this register must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for early learning, development and care.


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