All childminders and day-care providers caring for young children under eight - including playgroups, pre-schools, private nurseries, crèches and out-of-school clubs - must be registered by Ofsted on the Early Years Register (or in Wales, by the Care Standards Inspectorate).
Registration includes a criminal records check on anyone involved in providing childcare and an inspection of the premises to look at health and safety and educational welfare issues. Childcare providers caring for older children (aged five to seven years), must join the compulsory part of the Ofsted
You can check that the childcare provider is registered by asking to see a registration certificate, or by contacting Ofsted. If you have any doubts about a provider, check with Manchester Families Information Service on 0800 083 7921.
All schools and early years providers have to follow a structure of learning, development and care for children. This is called The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child learn through a range of activities
It is always a good idea to visit childcare providers yourself - inspections and accreditation are no substitute for parental judgement.