Ofsted Contact Number: 0300 123 1231

Contact Ofsted by calling their general enquiries telephone number 0300 123 1231 if you would like help applying to be a childcare provider or accessing a school inspection report.


About Ofsted

Ofsted stands for the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills and is the department of the United Kingdom government that is responsible for inspecting a range of schools across the country. Ofsted also inspects childcare, adoption and fostering agencies to ensure the welfare of children is maintained at all times.


Ofsted General Enquiries – 0300 123 1231

Contact a representative from Ofsted on their general enquiries phone number 0300 123 1231 if you would like to register your interest in becoming a childcare provider. For instance, an Ofsted representative can assist with questions regarding the DBS security check process and can even help callers begin an application over the phone. You may wish to enquire how to join the early years register if you intend to offer care for a children aged 5 and under. However, you will need to sign up to the official childcare register if you are looking after a child who is aged 5-7 years. Similarly, callers can ask a representative from Ofsted about necessary steps before becoming a children’s social care provider when volunteering at a local youth centre.


About Schools – 0300 123 4234

You should phone the Ofsted school enquiries contact number 0300 123 4234 if your enquiry pertains to an inspection report performed by the government body. For instance, callers can request a detailed report under the freedom of information act for a school that they hope to send their child to. Parents are also encouraged to get in touch with Ofsted to offer feedback regarding their child’s school or to report malpractice so that it can be further inspected about the body. If you would like assistance interpreting an official Ofsted rating or what it means when a school is described as ‘outstanding’ then you can ask for an official handbook to be sent to your address. Alternatively, the advisor can assist callers finding the correct framework to understand an Ofsted grade online.


Call Costs and Contact Hours

Ofsted operates using 03 contact numbers that charge callers the same standard per-minute rate as any other local call that has been made from a UK mobile or landline telephone. However, you may be able to contact the governmental body for free if you are using any inclusive free minutes that have been offered by your service provider. Ofsted is available to be contacted during the working week as it operates its helpline during the opening hours of 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday.


Key Ofsted Contact Numbers

Ofsted Department UK Contact Number Opening Hours
General Enquiries 0300 123 1231 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday
About Schools 0300 123 4234 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday
About concerns 0300 123 4666 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday


Write to Ofsted

Callers can make an enquiry about an Ofsted rating or report a cause for concern at their child’s school when writing to their official general enquiries postal address: Ofsted general enquiries, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD, United Kingdom.