The Benefits of using Voluntary Ofsted-Registered Childcare Providers

Many educational providers are legally required to be Ofsted Registered, but there are some, including childcare providers, nannies, tutors etc. that don’t need to be. When parents start looking for educational support for their children there are a lot of factors to consider, and we understand how overwhelming that can be. So by opting to be Voluntary Registered, it gives parents peace of mind that we’re a reliable option, along with many other benefits.

What does Ofsted Registered mean?

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They regulate services that offer education for learners of all ages. Simply put, they make sure providers are suitable and continue to meet the pre-defined requirements of their specific registration.

The Childcare Act 2006 introduced a new Ofsted Childcare Register, which now includes compulsory and voluntary options. Meaning those who are paid for caring for children between the ages of 5 to 7 years old for more than 2 hours a day, are legally required to meet the CompulsoryRegister. Those who are exempt from this, don’t have to register but can choose to with the Voluntary Register.

Why choose the Voluntary Register?

Some providers are happy to be exempt as it saves them the cost of registering and the worry of occasional Ofsted inspections. However, we at Leeds Tuition Centre choose to be Voluntary Registered as it comes with a lot of benefits, for us and you, such as:

If premises are Ofsted-registered, eligible parents have access to the childcare elements of:Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, childcare vouchers and tax-free childcare.
It shows we, as a childcare provider, are confident that we meet the requirements needed to register.
As we’re not issued a grade like compulsory educational providers, by being Voluntary Registered parents are reassured that we’re meeting our set requirements.
Parents can also feel confident with the services we’re providing.

can you check if a childcare provider is Ofsted-Registered?

As we said, it’s a big decision choosing the right support for your child. If you want to check the status of a particular provider, you can do one of three things:

1. Ask for their Ofsted Registration Numberparents require this if they’re eligible to apply for any Government childcare schemes
2. Ask to see their Ofsted registration certificate – this should be visible within their premises
3. Contact Ofsted directly via 0300 123 1231 or

Why choosing an Ofsted-
Registered centre benefits you:

Here at Leeds Tuition Centre, we’re Voluntary Registered. So you can feel happy that when your children are with us we’re making sure they’re receiving the quality of care that you as a parent would expect. Along with the support and development from expert, qualified teachers. If you’d like to find out more about our services, then please do get in touch today.