Four hundred childcare providers have been prevented from
operating by Ofsted.
The government inspection body took over responsibility for
registering and regulating childminders and day care providers in
September 2001. By March this year it had refused registration to
220 applicants and following complaints has stopped another 175
providers from operating.
It had investigated a total of 10,500 complaints about childcare
providers, and made about 27,000 registration visits. About half
the 36,700 applicants for registration had been issued with a
Early years: the first national picture