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Ofsted inspection outcomes

An Ofsted inspection report can help parents and carers find out about a childcare provider's quality and so help them decide if they want the provider to look after their child or children. You can find further information on the Ofsted website or see below for more information on what each outcome means.

Early Years Register

If a childcare provider is caring for children under the age of 5 years during their inspection they will be given one of the following outcomes:

  • Outstanding - exceptional and way above the norm
  • Good - strong, and children are well cared for
  • Satisfactory - sound, but could be better
  • Inadequate (category 1) - weak and giving cause for concern, likely to improve without external help and support
  • Inadequate (category 2) - poor, needing urgent attention. Giving cause for concern and unlikely to improve without enforcement action, and help and support from external agencies.

Childcare Register

These outcomes are given to a childcare provider if they are registered only on the Childcare Register, or if they are registered on the Early Years Register but are not currently caring for children under 5 years.

  • Compliant - the childcare provider is meeting requirements for registration
  • Non-compliant - the childcare provider is not meeting requirements

In the case of a childcare provider receiving an outcome of non-compliant, Ofsted will also provide details of any actions that must be carried out for the provider to remain registered and/or any enforcement action that Ofsted will be taking.

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