Worried looking girlThis section brings together a collection of in-depth information covering issues relating to childcare regulation and the Ofsted inspection process.

If you are just looking for a specific Ofsted factsheet, see our summary of all the relevant Ofsted documentation for out of school clubs:
Key Ofsted documentation

We have divided the articles up into the following broad categories, but there is inevitably quite a lot of overlap in the subject areas:


Which register is best for your club?
Differences between the Early Years Register and Childcare Register
Early Years Register - Safeguarding and welfare requirements: Quick Reference Guide *UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2023*
Childcare Register: Quick Reference Guide

Voluntary Register


Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
Guidance for Ofsted inspectors  
Guidance for Ofsted inspectors - Ofsted clarification

Staffing ratios

DfE Approved qualifications

First aid qualifications

Safeguarding children

Prevent Duty for out of school clubs

Administering medicine

Parental responsibility

When to notify Ofsted

Reporting injuries and accidents to Ofsted

Retaining records

Minimum staff numbers for out of school clubs
Committee-run settings: changes to members

Inspection readiness

CPD and ongoing training for your staff
Staff without qualifications

Demonstrating health and safety awareness
Information to display at your club
Inclusion: what is it?

Involving children
Promoting children's rights and responsibilities
Can out of school clubs forget about EYFS now?