Family Services Commissioning

Department for Education consultation launched on early years childcare fees

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a public consultation seeking views on a proposed increase to the application fee and the annual fee paid to Ofsted by childcare providers on the early years register, with a view to changes coming into force from April 2020. 

The DfE is also seeking views on the principles that should underpin a revised early years register fee model to be introduced from April 2021. 

The consultation is available here and closes on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

If, for exceptional reasons, you are unable to use the online system, you may download a copy of the form from the website and email it to or post it to:

Early Years Fees Consultation
Early Years and Schools Group
Department for Education
2nd Floor, Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London, SW1P 3BT

If you have an enquiry related to the policy content of the consultation, you can contact the department by email at

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