Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) is a government department that inspects and regulates institutions in England providing education to learners of all ages and providers of care for children and young people.
Ofsted inspect or regulate the following services:
- Full and sessional daycare providers
- Out of school care
- All state maintained schools
- Some independent schools
- The overall level of services for children in local authority areas (these are called Joint Area Reviews).