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Ofsted confirms there have been no changes to its registration policies

Following the publication of a new Ofsted registration handbook in a new format, rumours have been swirling that Ofsted’s registration policies have changed, and that all regular visitors to childminding settings such as cleaners and gardeners must complete a EY2 form and undergo a DBS check. However, Ofsted has confirmed to PACEY that neither the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework nor Ofsted’s registration policies have changed.

Childminders have a responsibility to do a risk assessment of all people who visit the home, and decide whether or not that person requires an EY2 form. Ofsted expects childminders to consider the risks visitors pose, bearing in mind the regularity and nature of their visit, and to know how to keep the children in their care safe from harm.

The relevant passages of the EYFS are 3.10 and 3.11, which read:

3.10 Ofsted or the agency with which the childminder is registered is responsible for checking the suitability of childminders, of every other person looking after children for whom the childminding is being provided (whether on domestic or non-domestic premises), and of every other person living or working on any domestic premises from which the childminding is being provided, including obtaining enhanced criminal records checks and barred list checks. Registered providers other than childminders must obtain an enhanced criminal records check in respect of every person aged 16 and over (including for unsupervised volunteers, and supervised volunteers who provide personal care) who:

  • works directly with children
  • lives on the premises on which the childcare is provided and/or
  • works on the premises on which the childcare is provided (unless they do not work on the part of the premises where the childcare takes place, or do not work there at times when children are present)

 3.11. Providers must tell staff that they are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands and warnings that may affect their suitability to work with children (whether received before or during their employment at the setting). Providers must not allow people, whose suitability has not been checked, including through a criminal records check, to have unsupervised contact with children being cared for.

“Unsupervised contact” is the key phrase. It would not be possible to say categorically that cleaners should or should not have an EY2, because it would depend on the supervision arrangements of the children while the cleaner is present. However, anyone with unsupervised contact with children will require an EY2 form and DBS check.