Government updates

Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings: code of practice

Safeguarding guidance for providers of activities, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

Change made: updated to remove guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19).


Guidance for parents and carers on safeguarding children in out-of-school settings

Questions for parents and carers to ask to help them choose out-of-school settings for their children.

Change made: updated to remove guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19).


Schools and early education update: March 2022


Childcare: significant events to notify Ofsted about

Guidance for childminders, nannies and other registered childcare providers with examples of what Ofsted considers to be a significant event.


Early years and childcare: Ofsted’s enforcement policy

Ofsted’s policy on how we regulate childcare providers explains what we may do if a provider is not following the regulations.


Education recovery in early years providers: spring 2022

A briefing on the continued impact of the pandemic and education recovery, drawing on evidence from spring 2022 inspections.

Change made: First published.


Carrying out Childcare Register compliance inspections

This guidance is for Ofsted inspectors carrying out inspections of providers that are only registered on either or both parts of the Childcare Register.

Change made: updated to simplify guidance and incorporate feedback from the sector. Clarified that Childcare Register inspections are a compliance check. Updated links to supporting documents. Updated the ‘Outcome of the inspection’ section to make the principles of reaching judgements clearer.


Framework for the regulation of providers on the Childcare Register

How Ofsted regulates applicants and childcare services that are only on the Childcare Register.

Change made: updated to simplify guidance and incorporate feedback from the sector. Clearer definitions added about the different parts of the Childcare Register. Updated links to supporting documents. Added average registration timescales. Clarified the ongoing requirements for registration and the need to continue to meet these to remain registered. Added information on how childminders can update their registration.


Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings

How educational and childcare settings should plan for and deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather.

Change made: First published.


Evaluation of the 2021 holiday activities and food programme

Findings from the evaluation of the holiday activities and food programme, which was carried out between May 2021 and February 2022.

Change made: First published.