What is registered childcare?
In general registered childcare is:
- by a paid childcare provider
- for children under the age of 8
- outside the child’s home
- for more than 2 hours
- registered with Ofsted
Registered childcare providers are inspected and regulated by Ofsted.
The following can only be claimed through registered providers:
- tax free childcare
- 30 hours free childcare
- free childcare for 2 to 4 year olds
For more information about these schemes please visit Childcare Choices.
For more information about Early Years funded places see the free childcare page.
Non- registered childcare
The following do not have to be registered to provide childcare:
- siblings of the child (including half-brother or sister
- someone you are related to through marriage or civil partnership
- a nanny or au pair (home childcare provider)
It is worth noting that you cannot use any early years funding entitlement towards payment of a non registered childcare provider. However, some nannies might be able to accept childcare vouchers/tax free childcare payments.
There are many exceptions and exemptions to Ofsted registration requirements.
For a detailed summary see the early years and childcare registration handbook.