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.
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.