Ofsted set out key obligations and responsibilities for childminders who have registered to work. Besides keeping your details up to date, there is a specific form to use for reporting accidents and incidents.
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS: There are several important rules to follow once you have registered with Ofsted to look after children.
As a registered childcare provider, you will need to follow any relevant legislation that relates to caring for children.
Note: After registration, you must continue to meet the registration standards while working as a childminder or a nanny. Being inspected as a childminder or childcare provider is commonplace (includes some nannies).
You will need to notify Ofsted about any changes that affect your role as a childcare provider. The Ofsted Online facility is an easy way to report a change in the place you are working or your contact details.
You must also inform Ofsted about certain other changes. Use EY3 Childminders form if anyone 16 or older moves into your home or you change your childminding assistants.
All childminders have an obligation to report any major accidents or incidents. The online early years notification form is for reporting serious incidents, such as:
Registered childminders can apply to provide child care on non-domestic premises (e.g. an after-school club or a playgroup). As a childminder you would be able to work there for a period up to half of your time.
You would need to register with Ofsted to provide childcare on any domestic premises if you plan on working with three (3) or more childminders (or childminding assistants) in your home.
Note: There is a specific application form to provide childcare on non-domestic premises for up to 50% of the time.
You must inform Ofsted if you stop working as a childminder or a nanny. Even so, you would be able to apply again at a later date.
Contact the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) to resign your childminder registration.
Telephone: 0300 123 1231
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Childcare Providers | Guidance for childminders and childcare providers (e.g. nannies and nurseries).
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After Registering as a Childminder or a Nanny