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Information for childcare providers

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All Ofsted registered childcare providers can deliver Early Years Free Entitlement places for 3 and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-olds.

Information around payment dates in the correct terms for new admission start dates (EYFE Term Start Date Ready Reckoner) is also below:

Newly Registered Childcare Providers

The forms below are to be completed by newly registered childcare providers:

Below you will find further useful information, guidance notes and templates:

Resources for Existing Childcare Providers

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Updating childcare business information

From time to time, registered childcare providers may want to update their detail: like the description of their business, the number of vacancies, a change of address or manager, etc.

Change of address, telephone and management details

Providers must inform Ofsted in the first instance, The local authority receives a regular download from OFSTED, which updates the information on our website. This includes your contact information.

Change of other details

After you have updated the information held, you can log in to our site to update additional information, including the number of vacancies, costs and your service description. Instructions on how to update these are contained in the document below:

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Early Years Census 2024

All early education and childcare providers must complete the annual Early Years census return, with the exception of academies (who submit their school census, including nursery children, directly to the DfE).

Providers are expected to cooperate fully with the completion of this census, as failure to do so will impact the Early Years Free Entitlement Funding. Any provider failing to comply may be removed from the directory of providers and may lose the right to funding.

The next census is due on Thursday 18 January 2024. The census information must relate to the number of staff and children registered at each provider during census week – beginning 15 January 2024.

Workshops and detailed guidance on completing the census return will be issued to providers at the beginning of January 2024. Providers can find out more about the annual Early Years Census on the DfE website (external link).

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Page last updated:

December 1, 2023