Questions to ask your childcare professional
Print this pagePACEY has produced a set
of questions you might want to consider asking, when you go to
visit a childcare setting you are considering for your child, you
can print this page by clicking above.
How do you contribute to the care, learning and development of
the children you care for?
- Members of PACEY make a
commitment to contribute to the care, learning and development of
children through our Professional Standards.
- Childminders and nursery
workers should be well versed in the Early Years Foundation Stage
in England and Foundation Phase in Wales.
How do you look after the physical health and wellbeing of the
children you care for?
- In order to deliver high
standards of care for your children, childcare professionals should
have an understanding of good health, nutrition and encourage
physical activity for your children.
Do you have a valid paediatric first-aid certificate and DBS
- Valid paediatric first-aid
certificates and DBS checks are a minimum for anyone working in
childcare. The first-aid certificate should be renewed every two
What qualifications do you have and have you undertaken any
training or continuous professional development in the past two
Research consistently proves
that the more qualified the childcarer, the higher quality the care
your child receives.
- If you are enrolling your
child in a nursery ask about the qualification levels of the staff.
As a minimum the leader should have a relevant Level 3 and over
half the staff have Level 2, but the higher the better. In Wales
the requirements are even higher.
- If you are employing a nanny
look for relevant Level 3 qualification. If the nanny doesn’t have
this, ask how they develop their professional skills and keep up to
date with best practice?
- If you are employing a
childminder ask about their relevant qualifications and ask how
they keep up to date with best practice. PACEY believes
childminders (who work on their own in their home-setting) should
hold a relevant Level 3 qualification.
Are you Ofsted or CSSIW registered and (for a nanny) are you
happy to be registered with my support?
- Regulation and inspection has
significantly improved the quality of childcare provided by
childminders and nurseries. Nannies too can be Ofsted/CSSIW
registered and the process of recognising the Core Common Skills of
childcare and ensuring their paediatric first aid and DBS checks
are up to date will all help to ensure a better quality of
And don’t forget to take time to think about
your visit afterwards:
- Did the setting make you feel
- Is the environment
reflective of diversity, including people with additional
- Do you feel confident that
they will keep you informed and involved?
- Is there a good range of
activities and equipment available for the children?
- Do other children appear to
be settled and happy in the setting?
- Did the childminder, nanny
or nursery worker you met seem positive and caring about your child
And read their latest
Ofsted/CSSIW report and ask to take references from other parents
who have used the setting.
* Some childminders registered before CRB or DBS checks became
compulsory may have a police check instead. Ask the provider for
**For example the results of the Effective Provision of
Pre-school Education (EPPE) study from England have shown that key
explanatory factors for high-quality childcare were related to
“staff with higher qualifications, staff with leadership skills and
long-serving staff; trained staff working alongside and supporting
less qualified staff; staff with a good understanding of child
development and learning” (Siraj-Blatchford, 2010).
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