Step Two – Registering on the Voluntary Section of the Childcare Register

In Part 2, we look at how to register on the voluntary section of the childcare register.  Unless you are exempt, you must register with OFSTED or a childminder agency if you want to be paid to look after children under 8 for more than 2 hours a day in England.

You can apply to the voluntary part of the Childcare Register if you want to do childcare where you do not have to be registered eg look after children aged 8 and above.

If you join the register voluntarily you’ll get a certificate, and the parents of the children you care for may be able to get help with childcare costs and other support.


Childcare providers on domestic or non-domestic premises pay a reduced fee of £35 for the Early Years Register if they work for less than 3 hours a day, or less than 5 days a week, or less than 45 weeks a year.

Create a Government Gateway Account

To use the online services you will need to set up one of these accounts. To do this follow this link:

Once opened click on the option Login/Register.

During this process you will be given a 12 digit Government User ID, please keep this safe.

Once you have created this account you will need to Log in using the link above and accept the Terms & Conditions for OFSTED Online.


Make your Application

Next you can click on applications and we recommend selecting New Registration Documents. Complete this and then you will be able to move further with your application. You do not have to select this, if you know which application is best suited to you already please select this and continue with the online process.

When you select an option from the table it will open up an Introduction Page. Please read this carefully as it will provide you with all the necessary documents you will need to continue your application.

Once you have completed the online forms you will be sent any necessary information plus details on how to pay the registration fee.

OFSTED aim to complete applications in 12 weeks. Within this time applicants must:

  • Pay the registration fee
  • Confirm they have met requirements of the Childcare Register
  • Satisfy any suitability checks needed to establish suitability for registration


Send your certificates

Applicants will also be asked to send their certificates (Via post or email) for the following training/courses:

  • The Common Core Skills and Knowledge
  • Either a 6 hour or 12 hour Paediatric First Aid

HATA offers both of these courses, please click on the courses tab or follow these links to find out more:

Paediatric First Aid (6 & 12 hours available) 

Common Core