Ofsted registers most childcare provision, either on the Early Years Register or the Childcare Register and regularly inspects childcare providers to ensure that quality standards are being met.
Inspections are used to provide guidance and support to ensure that children are meeting appropriate milestones as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage
If a childcare provider is registered to receive the 2, 3 and 4 Year old free entitlement funding they have met additional criteria set by the Local Authority.
Providers are inspected at least once every 3 years, and are given one of 4 judgements descriptors: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate.
You can find a link to Ofsted inspection reports for childcare settings in the 'Quality' tab in the individual providers' Family Information Directory record.
You can also search for inspection reports on the Ofsted website.