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Nanny Ofsted Inspection: be prepared

March 11, 2016

The introduction of ‘Tax Free’ childcare in 2017, will provide a big push towards Ofsted registration among nannies. This is because only Ofsted-registered nannies will qualify for employment through the Tax Free childcare scheme. As a result, more nannies than ever will be subject to regular Ofsted inspection; either directly by Ofsted themselves, or by a company called Tribal.

For some nannies, the idea of inspection may cause a great deal of anxiety. But, provided that nannies are working within the EYFS framework in England, and meet the requirements of the Childcare Register, they have nothing to fear. Here is a brief summary of the main things that all nannies are recommended to do, by way of preparation.

Prepare your documents

An important part of an inspector’s job is to check that a nanny’s paperwork is fully compliant and that everything is up-to-date.Therefore, the following documents will need to be prepared and available for inspection:

  • Ofsted Certificate of Registration
  • Proof of ID (with photograph), proof of address
  • Insurance policy (and any previous insurance documentation covering the registration period)
  • Childcare Qualification/Training Certificates
  • First Aid certificate(s)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate
  • Accident Book
  • Learning Journals for every child under your care
  • Driving Licence (if applicable)
  • Contract

Inspection of Property

Health and safety is a major area of concern for inspectors. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all risks and potential hazards are minimised as much as possible, particularly in children’s play areas. This requires the sensible use of safety precautions, such as child stair gates, cupboard locks, socket protectors etc.

Child Welfare and Safeguarding

Child Welfare and Safeguarding are top priorities for inspectors. So be prepared to answer a few questions. These could be either factual or hypothetical in nature. For a factual example, you might be asked: can you give examples of different types of abuse? For a hypothetical example, you might be asked: what would you do if a child went into anaphylactic shock? It is therefore important to be well informed.

In contrast to school and nursery inspections, which are graded according to a recognised scale, home-based inspections are either passed to failed. This might sound a little scary, but the whole process is usually much less stressful than you might imagine. So, be prepared and don’t panic!

Rob Hodgkison, Harmony at Home Ltd. All Rights Reserved, 2016

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Posted by Harmony at Home Head Office Team | Filed Under Expert Advice, Harmony at Home News 

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