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5. Registration with Ofsted

Early Years Foundation Stage

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Childcare that is provided at any time for children under eight years, on premises other than domestic premises, for more than a total of two hours a day, must be registered and inspected under the Children Act 1989. Providing childcare without being registered is an offence and could lead to prosecution and sizeable fines.

As the majority of after school clubs will be providing childcare they will need to be registered with Ofsted. Full details on how to register with Ofsted can be found here.

Please allow up to 12 weeks for Ofsted registration.

Schools who deliver out of school clubs themselves can do so under their school's Ofsted registration.


1. Establish the need → 2. Determine the business structure3. Identify sources of funding4. Premises5. Registration with Ofsted6. Staffing and Employment7. Materials and Resources8. Policies and Procedures9. Marketing and Promotion

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Friday, 27 November, 2015
Last updated: 27 November 2015 by Barry Fong