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What is registered childcare?

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:

  • grandparents
  • aunts
  • uncles
  • 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.

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