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FAQs

This page has been created to pull together FAQs to support your setting.

Here is an overview of everything that needs to be considered when registering with Ofsted: 



Register with Ofsted

Complete a DBS check and the health declaration form:

Before registering with Ofsted you will need to complete a DBS check and the health declaration form:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childcare-and-childrens-social-care-health-declaration-form 

Environment and documentation check

When you register with Ofsted they will plan a date to come and do an environment and documentation check to give you the green light to open to the public. Please see the link: Ofsted Registration Checks However, the advisory team can also visit the site prior to Ofsted’s registration visit.

When you register with Ofsted

When you register with Ofsted they will plan a date to come and do an environment and documentation check to give you the green light to open to the public. Please see the link: Ofsted Registration Checks However, the advisory team can also visit the site prior to Ofsted’s registration visit.

How to apply to ofsted to register childcare setting

How many years experience is needed to be a manager?

In group settings, the manager must hold at least a full and relevant level 3 qualification and at least half of all other staff must hold at least a full and relevant level 2 qualification. The manager should have at least two years’ experience of working in an early years setting, or have at least two years’ other suitable experience. The provider must ensure there is a named deputy who, in their judgement, is capable and qualified to take charge in the manager’s absence.

Will the nursery be registered as an individual or an organisation?

Your nursery can be registered as an organisation or individual but must have a nominated person and a named manager.

How long will it take after we apply to open up the nursery (after you inspect and we obtain the certificates etc)?

The process takes up to 25 weeks from the date you submit your online application form. Once you have approval from Ofsted that the setting and documentation meet their requirements you are able to open your setting immediately (provided that you have received your certificate from Ofsted).

What paper work do we need to keep up on a daily basis?

Registers: children signing in and out, staff signing in and out, visitors signing in and out, medicine register, accident forms, daily risk assessment (checklists) and some additional document depending on the children’s age and whether you will be providing hot meals.

Which policies are compulsory?

Statutory policies include: Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Equality at work, Medicines and some others.  Please visit the following website you can purchase exempla policies and tailor them to suit your setting:

 

Which Health Standards do we need to meet? (other than food)

Paediatric First Aid training and nominated first aiders on site at all times. You will find further information regarding this in the EYFS document  - please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-handbook.

Are we allowed to prepare tea and snack time instead of a chef?

Yes but must meet H&S requirements as set out by Ofsted and always good practice for people handling food (even for just cutting fruit) to have Food Hygiene Level 1 certificate

Are we required to provide outdoor learning?

Yes the EYFSP states that children must have access to outdoor provision/learning at some point in the day, every day.

Once we set out the furniture in the setting, does this affect the space that the children are required (2.5m2 for 2 year olds, 2.3m2 for 3-5 year olds)?

No, the space required is without furniture in place.

Last Updated 29/10/2020

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