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Ofsted Online allows you to access different online services that will help you to communicate with Ofsted electronically.


To allow us to replace our existing online system for early years childcare applications, you will not be able to use the application forms on these pages from the below dates.


Social care application forms are not changing yet and can continue to be used.


From 15 January 2020


Both of the following will not be able to use the application forms on these pages from this date:


nurseries and other daycares (known as childcare on non-domestic)
childcare inside a home (known as childcare on domestic)


You will still be able to report a serious childcare incident and pay an invoice as usual, without interruption.


From 5 February 2020


Childminders and nannies will not be able to use the application forms on these pages from this date.


You will still be able to report a serious childcare incident and pay an invoice as usual, without interruption.


We will not be accepting these forms for 2 weeks from these respective dates to allow us to check forms that providers have already submitted.


You will find more specific information on these deadlines when you access the individual forms themselves.


Replacement forms


You will be able to access the replacement forms, along with guidance, on GOV.UK on the page 'Providing childcare services in England'. These will be available for:


nurseries and other daycares, from 29 January 2020
childminders and nannies, from 19 February 2020


You will need to start any forms again on the GOV.UK system if either of the following apply:


you have not completed and submitted by the relevant date for your type of childcare
we have to return it after the relevant date due to missing information in that form you have submitted


If you have any questions about these arrangements please email us at enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


More guidance about registering for a Government Gateway account and logging in is available here.


To find out how Ofsted processes personal data, please see the early years privacy notices.


Once you have logged in, links to the online services you require will be available to you on the left and right navigation bars.