Government updates

Survey of childcare and early years providers and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Research with childcare providers in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Early years workforce and business planning during the pandemic

A summary of research about workforce recruitment, retention and business planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Training / recruitment:

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Employers can apply for a payment of £3,000 for new apprentices with an employment start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022.

Change made: the application closing date has changed from 15 May to 20 May

Traineeship providers list

A list of organisations that provide traineeships.

Change made: published the updated the list of traineeship providers.


Ofsted Early years and childcare news:

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.

Framework for the regulation of providers on the Childcare Register

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

Childminder agencies: registration and suitability

Guidance for childminder agencies on registering with Ofsted, including the process, fees and requirements. It sets out the legal background and the extent of our regulatory powers.

Reported COVID-19 notifications by registered early years and childcare settings

Data on the number of registered early years and childcare providers reporting one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare

This report details the names and addresses for childminders and childcare on domestic premises, where the provider has consented for their name and address to be published on the Ofsted inspection report website.