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Becoming a childcare provider in Waltham Forest

Early Years Foundation Stage

Opening a new childcare provision can be daunting, with all the legal and statutory requirements that you have to meet. However, Waltham Forest Council has put together the following step-by-step guide for you to follow, which will help you meet these obligations. 

Step 1: Register with The Hub
Step 2: Where does Waltham Forest need childcare places?
Step 3: What type of childcare do you wish to provide?
Step 4: Find a property to offer childcare from
Step 5: Register with Ofsted
Step 6: Become a FEEE Provider
Step 7: Market your setting to local families

 

Step 1: Register with The Hub

The Hub website is for all education and childcare providers in Waltham Forest and should be your first point of reference for any questions you may have regarding delivering education and childcare in Waltham Forest. A variety of information is available from The Hub website, Twitter account and fortnightly e-newsletters. In order to access this free support all you will need to do is register.

Once registered you will need to ensure you are logged-in to enable you to download documents from the site.

Registration is quick and easy: Register now

Follow us on Twitter: @TheHubWF

 

Step 2: Where does Waltham Forest need childcare places?

In order to ensure Local Authorities have sufficient childcare, they need to know about any gaps they may have. The Childcare Act 2006 and its statutory guidance require local authorities to audit their supply of childcare and to see if it satisfies parental demand. These audits are usually called childcare sufficiency assessments (CSAs) or reports.

The Family and Childcare Trust was commissioned by Waltham Forest Council to undertake its 2015 CSA. Although the local authority has produced annual reports to elected council members on childcare sufficiency, it has not undertaken any large-scale analysis of childcare supply and demand since 2011 (Waltham Forest Council, 2011). This report fulfils the legal obligation to conduct a childcare sufficiency assessment and can be downloaded below, after you have logged-in.

Important note: The CSA is a snapshot analysis of the supply and demand of Early Years and Childcare places at the time when the assessment was undertaken (March 2016). As providers are opening and closing on a regular basis, and legislation can also change, we would advise that you undertake a mini sufficiency assessment as part of your business planning before opening any new childcare provision.

 

Step 3: What type of childcare do you wish to provide?

 

Step 4: Find a property to offer childcare from

Logged-in users can download from the bottom of the page the Council's Planning & Building Regulations advice.

 

Step 5: Register with Ofsted

Be clear about what childcare provision you are registering for. Register now

 

Step 6: Become a FEEE Provider

Once the Council receives notification from Ofsted that your setting is registered as "Proposed", you will be sent an email with a link to information on this website that explains in detail the process you will need to go through to be commissioned by the LA to deliver the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE). Read our guidance 'Be commissioned by the LA to deliver the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE)'.

If you decide not to offer the FEEE, then the Council will no longer be involved in the set up process. You can use the Early Years Foundation Stage section of The Hub to find all the information you need to be aware of to comply with your legal obligations, but we will not provide any other support.

 

Step 7: Market your setting to local families

Once your setting is open, it is important to register your setting on the Waltham Forest Directory, as it allows you to advertise your services to thousands of families in Waltham Forest for free. Follow this link to download a guide on how to do this.

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