Regulation of childcare – in practice

The Department for Education
The regulation of childcare
government response
February 2014
Align the staffing and qualification requirements for
out-of-hours care for children in the Reception class
and 5-7 year-olds with those governing the school day.
What this means in practice
• No change for under 5’s – EYFS ratios and qualifications
• No change for over 7’s no statutory ratio – industry standard
of 1:10
• 5 to 7 year olds for the provider, ie. School, to ensure that
there are sufficient members of the workforce in place to
ensure children’s safety and quality of provision. Industry
standard is 1:8
Remove the requirement for out-of-hours providers to
meet the EYFS learning and development requirements
for those children who are in the Reception class.
What this means in practice
• Providers no longer need to show detailed planning against the areas of
learning, assessment against the EY outcomes or the progress children
are making in their learning development.
• In practice most provision was not adhering to this requirement as it
was confusing due to the statutory delivery of the EYFS in the reception
class. It is however common practice for Reception staff to liaise with
those working in after/before school provision to ensure any pertinent
information on the children’s learning development and care is noted.
This is good practice for all children not just those in the EYFS age range.
Raise the threshold for compulsory registration from two
hours to three hours where the care is provided both in
friendship and in domestic settings
For example a parent can pay a friend to look after
children for up to three hours a day in the friend’s own
home without the friend needing to register with Ofsted.
What this means in practice
• Extension of informal childcare to 3 hours. This could impact on
the sustainability of PVI settings as parents may opt for informal
care say from 3.30 to 6.30 rather than formal care in a club.
• Suggest we monitor impact on sustainability of childcare
Enable providers to register multiple premises in a
single registration process.
For example a nursery chain can notify Ofsted of its
intention to open a number of new settings in a single
registration process
What this means in practice
• Easier application process and less paperwork
• Has been a “want” from the sector for some time
Enable childminders to operate on non-domestic
premises for part of the working week.
For example a childminder could provide care on school
premises from 3-6pm
What this means in practice
• A school, children centre or nursery could allow a
childminder to deliver their childcare in premises other than
a domestic.
• This could be a good deal for a childminders as potentially it
could reduce overheads, give access to more resources, and
increase business through flexible working patterns and
offering supply cover.
Remove the requirement for local authorities to approve
childminder training – this will open up the market and
improve access to training for childminders, including
from childminder agencies
What this means in practice
• For the child it could be beneficial in that travel time is
reduced however it could be deemed by parents as less
beneficial as the child in not be cared for in a home setting
and some parents prefer this.
• Suggest we monitor any take up of this model.
Align the safeguarding and welfare requirements of
the Early Years Register and the General Childcare
What this means in practice
• Less paper work.
• Has been a “want” from the sector for some time
Rename the GCR to become the Child Safety Register
What this means in practice
• No bearing in practical terms

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