Early years childcare fees regulations

Closed 9 Oct 2019

Opened 18 Jul 2019


We are seeking views on proposed changes to early years fees paid to Ofsted, and on the principles that should underpin a revised fee model.

Why We Are Consulting

The aim of this consultation is to seek views on a proposed increase to the application fee and annual fee paid to Ofsted by early years providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register, with a view of changes coming into force from April 2020.

We are also seeking views on the principles that should underpin a revised Early Years Register fee model to be introduced from April 2021.

The consultation applies to early years providers in England only and will run for 12 weeks.  

What Happens Next

The results of the consultation and the department's response will be published on GOV.UK by the end of January 2020.


  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Local authorities
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments


  • Education
  • Early learning and childcare