Ofsted inspects and regulates care for children and young people. It also inspects education and training for learners of all ages. Ofsted is a non-ministerial government department.
Initially known for its role in inspecting state schools, Ofsted also includes the inspection of further education, local authority children’s services, teacher training institutions and some independent schools. During 2001, Ofsted became responsible for inspecting all 16-to-19 education and for regulating Early Years childcare, including childminders.