Registering a new childcare business with Ofsted

To set up a new childcare provision you are required by law to register with the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted). There are some exceptions, and you may not need to register.

Ofsted registration process

Check whether you need to register your new childcare business

There is an Ofsted guide about applying to join the Early Years Register and Childcare Registers.

After you are registered

What happens once you are registered with Ofsted

Details of your new service registration and inspections will be available on the Ofsted Reports website for public viewing

Further help and contacts

If you have difficulty in completing any forms or need more information about applying, please phone the Ofsted helpline: 0300 123 1231.

You can also contact Services for Young Children