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What types of childcare are there?

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Can anyone provide childcare? What is registration of childcare?

How do I become a childminder or childcare provider?

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My school’s (or college’s) details are incorrect on the Ofsted website – how do I get them changed?

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The report should be on the site now – why isn't it?

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Is Ofsted asking for more than the legal requirements?

Are Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks required for all visitors or volunteers to schools and colleges?

When the guidance refers to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks for under 18s, does this refer to all staff or just teaching staff?

Are 16–18 children and young people resident in land-based colleges covered in the boarding inspection arrangements?

When will the safeguarding arrangements in my Cafcass service area be inspected?

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Ofsted's newsletters and email alerts

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Outstanding providers

We have been judged Outstanding; when can we use the outstanding logo on our stationery and signage?

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What is RAISEonline?

Who can access RAISEonline?

How do I access RAISEonline?

Does our school have to use RAISEonline?

How does RAISEonline fit with Ofsted's inspection arrangements?

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Website help

Why have links from my website or PC to Ofsted inspection reports, web pages or publications stopped working?

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Easy read publications

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We have three publications available in easy read format.