Ofsted Head Office

0844 453 0221

Contact Ofsted by calling 0844 453 0221 for assistance regarding school inspections and childcare services. The public widely knows the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills by the name Ofsted. It is a government department which impartially inspects and regulates certain services. These are providers of social care and childcare for young people, and education for all ages. Over 1,500 Ofsted inspectors visit such services across 8 regions of England. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and publishes its findings in online reports. The goal is to maintain standards and encourage improvement.

Ofsted Contact Numbers

Locate the appropriate helpline number from the following table to contact Ofsted. They are open during regular office hours, which means the helplines are not available over the weekend. The only office contactable out of hours is the Press Office.

Department
Phone Number
Opening Times
Head Office
0844 453 0221
(Mon-Fri) 8am – 6pm
(Sat-Sun) Closed
Complaints
0844 248 1747
(Mon-Fri) 8am – 6pm
(Sat-Sun) Closed
Register as a Childminder
0844 248 1748
(Mon-Fri) 8am – 6pm
(Sat-Sun) Closed
Register as a Child Social Care Provider
0844 248 1751
(Mon-Fri) 8am – 6pm
(Sat-Sun) Closed
Careers
0844 248 1752
(Mon-Fri) 8am – 6pm
(Sat-Sun) Closed
Press Office
0844 248 1753
(Mon-Fri) 8.30am – 6pm
(Sat-Sun) Closed

Head Office

Call 0844 453 0221 to get in touch with Ofsted directly. You can call to make general enquiries about Ofsted services and publications. Report any issues you might experience with using Ofsted Online. Direct any queries about inspections to this number, whether it is an upcoming inspection or a previous one. You can also call if you need a replacement certificate.

Complaints

To make a complaint about Ofsted, call 0844 248 1747. This could be about the quality of service, an inspection result, or staff misconduct. You can also call this number to complain about the standards of service an educator or childminder is providing. Ofsted will only investigate complaints if you report the issue to them within ten working days of the incident.

Register as a Childminder

Registration with Ofsted is necessary before providing paid daycare services. This means anyone who receives money for looking after children under 8 years old for more than 2 hours a day. Call 0844 248 1748 for guidance on applying to the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register. Without a certificate of registration, you could get a fine or go to prison.

Register as a Child Social Care Provider

Any children’s home, adoption or fostering agency, or residential scheme cannot operate until they register with Ofsted. Call 0844 248 1751 for assistance with the registration process. Ofsted intends to cease paper applications soon, then it will only accept applications online. You may want to call about DBS checks, inspections, application fees, or certificates.

Careers

Ofsted has four main offices and three smaller offices across the UK, but some employees can work from home. Besides inspection and administration, roles with Ofsted include IT, editing, data analysis, and accounts. Call the recruitment team on 0844 248 1752 to look into your eligibility for a career with Ofsted. Specific qualifications and checks are required.

Press Office

Journalists can contact the Ofsted Press Office on 0844 248 1753 with media enquiries about the department’s work. Members of press outlets can request photos or interviews, and ask questions about published reports. To reach them out of hours, you will have to ask for the duty press officer’s details. Members of the public should not call this number.

Other Ways to Contact Ofsted

If you would rather send a message online than use the phone, send an e-mail to enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk. Send any serious concerns which require Ofsted to address them immediately to CIE@ofsted.gov.uk. For any lighter or general queries, tweet to @Ofstednews on Twitter. Anyone who needs help with the process of childcare registration can visit the Facebook page and leave a message. Although this method is slower, another way to reach Ofsted is to write a letter to the head office.

Department
Address
Ofsted
Head Office
Ofsted
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 2WD