Parents and carers

Parents and Carers

Welcome to the parents' and carers' homepage

Here you can find shortcuts to the information you're here for, and also where we will highlight other information that you might be interested in.

How do we inspect?

Ever wondered how we inspect different types of provision? Here you can read about what we do, and how often.

How do we inspect?

How to make a complaint

If you have concerns or want to complain about a provider or about us, click the link below to find what you need to do.

How to make a complaint

Why read inspection reports?

Whether you are looking for care education or training provision, our reports can give you the thorough and impartial view you need.

Why read inspection reports?

Access the latest inspection reports

Jump to the inspection reports section and find all the latest reports for any provision.

The latest inspection reports

Ofsted has changed!

Ofsted has joined together with the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI), the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and the inspectorate of courts administration (HMICA). (You can read more detail about this in the about us section.)

All the information on how we inspect these and other areas, and all the publications created by these previous inspectorates are now housed on the Ofsted website. While our systems catch up, you can still find the inspection reports on their old websites, but you should access them through the Inspection reports page as usual.


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You may also be interested in receiving notification when fresh reports are added to the website about providers in your area, or maybe about a specific setting. If so, register for emailed alerts


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New guidance for people using childcare

We have published new guidance for parents and carers using childcare services, taking account of changes to the law.

Information for parents and carers using childcare services