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Thinking of becoming a childcare provider?

(Please note when referring to ‘childcare provision’ this encompasses all childcare providers including preschool, day nursery and childminders)
We strongly recommend that if you do decide to/or are considering  setting up a childcare provision within Tameside that you contact the Early Years Quality Improvement Team at an early stage so that they can support on your journey.                

Getting started, key points:

Early Years provision and childcare is regulated by Ofsted who are the Office for Standards in Education, Children's services and skills. It is Ofsted’s responsibility to ensure that only those who are suitable and ready to provide childcare are registered, and to inspect childcare providers regularly thereafter to ensure good outcomes for children. You will therefore need to register with Ofsted before you are able to provide childcare.
How to Apply;
As a prospective provider you will need to apply to join either one or both registers depending on the age of the children you wish to care for and the type of care you will be providing. (Fees are applicable.)
For more information please refer to Ofsted - GOV.UK (  where you will be prompted to open a gateway account. You must then complete an EY0 application form and a EY2 suitability declaration and consent to checks form.
If as the applicant you intend to manage the setting or work directly with children you will also need to complete a health declaration form.
For early years and childcare there are two registers depending on the age of the children you wish to care for :

  • The Early years register (0-5 years)
  • The childcare register compulsory (5-7 years) and voluntary (8 years and above)

Types of provider;
You will need to decide which type of childcare you would like your business to offer. The following are various types of group providers sometimes referred to as Private, voluntary and independent or PVI:

  • Day nurseries (Open all year round)
  • Independent school
  • Preschools/ playgroup (sessional care open term time only) 
  • childminders.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

As part of your application an enhanced DBS check will be required for you and all members of staff on the premises. You can apply online at  
You may also want to sign up to the online update service for convenience.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework(EYFS)

This is the framework for the delivery of quality integrated care and education for children from birth to 31st August following their fifth birthday, and is a statutory document that all providers caring for children 0-5 must adhere to. As the provider (Registered person) it will be your legal responsibility to ensure that the business complies with the statutory requirements for learning and development, safeguarding and welfare. It is therefore imperative that you have regards to the above document and familiarise yourself with it. If the registered person does not have the necessary skills or experience in childcare you must appoint a suitably qualified manger. 
Important things to consider before applying to become an Early Years provider:


Useful contacts and supporting Bodies;

Tameside Offer:
Family Information Service /FIS:0161 342 4260
Early Education Funding Team: 0161 342 2299
National Offer;    0300 123 1231
Note: Please regularly check the Early Years quality Improvement Team  Noticeboard for team developments and information regarding the latest local and national initiatives.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Family Information Service (FIS)
St Peter’s Children’s Centre
Trafalgar Square
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 4260
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