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Documents and forms for childminders

Help to support childminders in meeting the learning and development requirements.

Ofsted has regard to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in carrying out inspections, and reports on the quality and standards of provision.  The framework is mandatory for all early years providers on the Early years Register.

The following documents will support you in meeting the learning and development requirements and the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the EYFS.

Early Years and Childcare Register

Become a registered early years or childcare provider in England -  Ref:150150 (pdf format, 662Kb)

Childcare Register only


Application forms for the Childcare Register (forms CR1 and CR2)

CR1 form is for the Childcare Register only (on the voluntary and/or compulsory part) CR2 form is for every person other than the applicant who requires checking, it is the declaration and consent form to carry out checks and decide their suitability

Factsheets and Guidelines

The numbers and ages of children that providers on the Early Years and Childcare Registers may care for  Ref: 120117

Poster for parents: childcare to display in your setting

Compliance, investigation and enforcement: childminding and childcare

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for childcare providers who register with Ofsted Ref: 090103

Suspension: information for providers, parents and carers on suspension of childcare Ref: 120235

Information for parents about Ofsted's role in regulating childcare Ref: 120335

How to appeal: guidance for those registered as or applying to be a childminder or a childcare provider Ref: 120237

How to object: guidance for registered childminders and childcare providers Ref: 120238

Publishing contact details for childminders on the Ofsted website: consent form and Q&A

Self-Evaluation

Early years online self-evaluation form (SEF) and guidance for providers delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage Ref: 080104 - recording and showing the inspector that you have improved since your last inspection

Early Years Inspection handbook - Guidance for inspecting early years providers that deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Early Years Foundation Stage. It is important that you refer to this document when self-evaluating your provision.

The self-evaluation form helps you in recording and showing the inspector that you have improved since your last inspection. Ofsted encourages you to complete the SEF online.

Ofsted security token


You should have received a unique password from Ofsted called an Ofsted Security Token (OST) and the guidelines on how to complete the online form. If you have not received these, please contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231, quoting your Ofsted Unique Reference Number.

Alternatively, you can complete the SEF by hand, and post it to Ofsted. The SEF and Guidance documents are on the Ofsted website.

Inspection tips

Childcare registration form - Early Years Register: preparing for your registration visit Ref: 120151- document to fill in before your registration visit

Inspecting early years: handbook for inspectors - Guidance for inspecting early years providers that deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Good practice

Good practice resource - Telling tales: using storyboards and homemade books to promote learning in the early years - A childminder records children’s learning with cheap, easily made storyboards. These create lasting memory books which are used to record children’s interests and achievements and are greatly enjoyed by children and their parents and carers.

Effective collaboration to train and support childminders: Diss Children’s Centre - This example describes how effective collaboration is resulting in outstanding outcomes for childminders and those parents wishing to return to employment.

Supporting language development in young children - Ofsted good practice example showing how the childminder works with one child aged three with additional educational needs to develop her speech.

Last reviewed
19 September 2017
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