Phone Ofsted on their general enquiries contact number 0300 123 1231 to ask a representative from the government agency for a list of registered childminders in your local area or to ask for additional information about a school inspection report.


Ofsted – Who Are They?

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) is a government body that is responsible for inspecting a range of schools and child care services across the United Kingdom. However, the department also inspects childcare services, including adoption and fostering agencies and teacher training practices to ensure the wellbeing of children across the country.


Ofsted General Enquiries – 0300 123 1231

Contact Ofsted on their general enquiries telephone number 0300 123 1231 to find an inspection report for a school or fostering agency in your area. For instance, callers can receive guidance when using a handbook or framework to understand a recent inspection before asking what is meant by each of their ratings. Moreover, parents may wish to get in touch with an Ofsted representative on this number to get involved with the ‘parent view’ scheme, where they can report any feedback they have about their child’s school or if they believe that a grade 3 or 4 rated institute has failed to improve after a certain period of time. Alternatively, you may wish to get in touch with Ofsted to ask how to become a childcare provider before asking how to take the required background DBS checks to do so. For instance, callers can ask how to become a UK registered childminder or nanny before discussing the process of joining an agency to find work in their area.


Report Concerns about a Child – 0300 123 4666

You should call Ofsted on their UK phone number 0300 123 4666 to report a school staff member, childminder or nanny that you believe is mistreating or harming a child. Once you have contacted a representative, an Ofsted representative will immediately pass on your concerns to your local police force to investigate whether any abuse has transpired and to protect the child if it has.


Ofsted Call Costs and Contact Hours

Often runs local UK contact numbers that will charge callers the same standard per-minute rate as any other geographical call made from a mobile or landline telephone from within the country. However, you may be able to contact the government department for free if you are using any inclusive free minutes that have been offered by your telephone’s service provider as part of a monthly tariff deal. The agency is available to be contacted during the typical working week as it operates its helpline during the opening hours of 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.


Key Ofsted Contact Numbers

Ofsted Department UK Contact Number
General Enquiries 0300 123 1231
About Schools 0300 123 4234
About Concerns 0300 123 4666


Make a Written Complaint

You can send a letter with your formal complaint or even contest an inspection that was recently performed by Ofted when writing to their Manchester Head Office on the following postal address:

Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD
United Kingdom