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How do Ofsted regulate childcare?


Ofsted register and inspect those who provide early education or childcare for children from birth up to their eighteenth birthday in order to reassure parents and carers that children are cared for by people who are suitable to perform efficient childcare.


Ofsted are able to:


Register, suspend or cancel a childcare provider’s registration  

Inspect the childcare - usually without arranging this beforehand (an unannounced visit)

Take enforcement action against the provider in serious cases.


Ofsted inspectors visit providers who apply to join the Early Years Register to carry out an interview and confirm that their premises and equipment are suitable to be used for childcare. Inspectors must be sure that applicants can deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage 3 and meet all the requirements for registration.


They also inspect all providers on the Early Years Register at least once every three to four years and write a report which is published on their website.  


The Little Lane Nursery was registered with Ofsted in October 2015 and our first inspection was carried out in February 2016, 18 weeks after we opened.  Our report and registration details can be found using this link:


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