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 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.
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.
Access the latest inspection reports
Jump to the inspection reports section and find all the latest reports for any provision.
Ofsted has changed!
Ofsted has joined together with the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI), the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Court Administration (HMICA). Use the navigation on the left to read more about this.
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 section.
We have a new, free email alerts service to keep people in touch with selective new additions to the Ofsted website.
Frequently asked questions
- How do I find a childminder or childcare provider?
- How do I find a report for a childminder or a childcare provider?
- Who deals with questions from prospective and current childminders and childcare providers, parents and the public?