Childcare providers



To become a childcare provider you must be registered. You can find information on registering on the GOV.UK website.

How to become a childminder

To become a childminder you can either:

  • apply to register with Ofsted
  • join the @Home Childcare childminding agency.

Apply to register to Ofsted

You can apply to register with Ofsted by calling 0300 123 1231.

Join the childminding agency

You can join @Home Childcare by contacting:

Training and Support

You can find out about the training and support on offer to childcare providers on our early years training page.

Childcare providers registered with Ofsted are able to access support with early years provision and practice through our early years quality and attainment team. To access this support contact

We offer advice, guidance and support to both new and existing childcare businesses to ensure that they become and remain viable. All information provided remains confidential.

Our offer includes:

  • business planning and administration
  • business health checks
  • budgeting and cash flow forecasting
  • bookkeeping and accounting systems advice
  • pricing policies and pay structures
  • staff ratio management
  • business training programmes.

For free business support contact:

You can also see our Early Years Improvement Plan for September 2016 to August 2018 [PDF].

This has been updated to include the latest actions being taken to ensure that children and their families are supported in their development, through the provision of high quality early education and childcare that prepares them for school.

Early Years Provision in Schools

At a time when schools are considering lowering the age range to admit 2, 3 and 4 year olds, governing bodies will have to explore new delivery structures. Nottinghamshire County Council has produced early years guidance for all schools including maintained, Academy and Free Schools.

The guidance aims to set out the current opportunities to deliver the full childcare entitlement and supports schools to navigate through the process of establishing and maintaining high quality early years provision.

To find out more please contact Early Childhood Services

Further support

For further support, please visit Nottinghamshire Help Yourself.

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