Voluntary childcare register

The Childcare Act 2006 introduced a Childcare Register with 2 parts, a compulsory and a voluntary part. You can choose to join the voluntary part of the register if they are caring for children:

  • in the home of 1 of the children, for children aged from birth to 17 years
  • aged 8 to 17 years
  • aged from birth to under 8 in provision that is exempt from compulsory registration, such as sports coaching

You can find out more about childcare inspection and regulation, including the voluntary part of the childcare register.

Page last updated: 24 June 2020
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