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Changes to conditions of registration for childcare and play providers

This month we are writing to childcare and play providers who have not submitted a variation to us.

If you receive a letter from us this month about forthcoming changes to your registration, it’s because we didn’t hear back from you when we first wrote to you in February.

This is an example of the letter we will send, and the explanatory note.

What to do next

If you are happy with the conditions as set out in the letter, you do not need to take any further action. We will send you an updated certificate of registration in due course.

However, if you do want to increase the maximum number of children you look after, don’t worry - there is still time.

You need to refer to the letter we sent you in February 2016, which explains how to do this and includes the form you must use.

If you have lost your February letter, or never received it, you must contact your regional office immediately. There are details on our Contact us page.

You must submit your application before 31 March 2016 or may be liable to prosecution for a breach of conditions as a result of the new legislation coming into effect on 1 April 2016.

What are the changes?

For more details on the changes, check the Extension of childcare regulations area of our website.

I haven’t received a letter from you – is this correct?

If you are a childcare or play provider and do not receive a letter from us by the week commencing 21 March, it may be because:

  • We have already received your variation application.
  • If you have responded in the last few days, it may be that our correspondence has crossed. You may wish to contact your regional office to confirm that we received your application to vary maximum numbers.

Help and support

If you’re still concerned about your numbers or registration, please contact your regional office. There are details on our Contact us page.

Don’t forget, you can get in touch with your member organisation for information and support. You can also email our dedicated mailbox.


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