Last updated 23 November 2023
1. Finding childcare
Choosing childcare is a big step for you and your child.
All Early Years Registered Providers must work to the conditions set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage. For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage please visit the GOV.UK website.
There are many different types of childcare which you may need to consider. Read our Childcare: make the right choice leaflet (PDF 1.6Mb) to find out more.
You can also read our top tips when looking for childcare leaflet (PDF 131Kb).
All Early Years Registered Providers are subject to Ofsted inspections and graded on the quality of their learning and development. The grade descriptors are:
- requires improvement, formally satisfactory
You can find the education inspection framework on GOV.UK.