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What requirements do childcare providers have to meet?
What requirements do providers need to meet to be commissioned to deliver the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) in Waltham Forest?
What is the aim of these compliance checks?
What should I do once I have completed compliance check 1?
What should I do once I have completed compliance check 2?
How long does the process take?
What happens once I have been approved for both compliance checks?
Contact

 

Please note: We have updated and reduced some of the compliance checks required. If you have not already submitted your self-assessments, please ensure that you are using our up to date documents (you have to be logged-in).

Waltham Forest's Early Years strategy states that we will measure our success in the following ways:

  • All early years and childcare provision are high quality, inclusive and safe and prepare children for school;
  • The early years workforce has access to support, advice and training as well as development opportunities that lead to strong leadership & governance and quality service delivery.

 

What requirements do childcare providers have to meet?

In addition to the requirements outlined by Ofsted, there are a number of legal and statutory requirements for which Ofsted are not the regulatory body, or do not have overarching responsibility, however childcare providers MUST comply with these requirements by law. The key areas with regards to keeping children, staff and service users safe are Health and Safety, Employment Law, Safeguarding and Finance.

The Local Authority (LA) has overarching responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in their area. We have a number of statutory functions under the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts which make this clear. This responsibility is outlined in the Government's document 'Working together to safeguard children'.

The LA do not commission providers to deliver Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) places to eligible children, unless they can demonstrate that they have an understanding of and comply with key elements of Health and Safety, Employment, Safeguarding and Financial statutory/legal requirements.

 

What requirements do providers need to meet to be commissioned to deliver the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) in Waltham Forest?

Prior to issuing a contract to a DfE-registered school or Ofsted-registered childcare provider to deliver FEEE places the LA requires providers to demonstrate their understanding and compliance with key statutory/legal Health and Safety, Employment Law, Safeguarding and Finance requirements by undertaking the relevant compliance checks, both of which are downloadable below (you need to be logged-in):  

  1. Compliance Check 1 - WF FEEE Business: All Schools & PVIs; and 
  2. Compliance Check 2 - WF FEEE Premises Health and Safety: All non-maintained schools and PVIs

If you are a Childminder please see the Childminder FEEE Approval process.   

Please note: Maintained Schools are only required to complete Compliance Check 1.

 

What is the aim of these compliance checks?

These compliance checks aim to:

  • Work in partnership with childcare providers to establish whether their assessment of their compliance with the requirements within it are in line with the LA's.
  • Empower childcare providers to understand and comply with their key/statutory requirements in order to inform their service/development/action plans and improve the quality and safety of their provision.
  • Enable childcare providers to take appropriate action to reduce the risk of them failing to keep children safe.
  • Identify where there are non-compliance issues and provide recommendations/information to enable childcare providers to meet their legal/statutory requirements.
  • Allow the LA to establish where there are common areas of development or where support, advice and training is required which will inform Early Years strategic planning.
  • Make the requirements the LA places on providers, in relation to keeping children safe, clear to avoid the need to refuse to fund providers who are unable to meet these requirements.
  • Give an overview/snapshot of compliance with key statutory requirements at the time of the health check being undertaken

The Early Education and Childcare statutory guidance for Local Authorities (September 2014) states that the LA can place requirements on providers which relate to keeping children safe and can refuse to fund providers who are unable to meet these requirements.

 

What should I do once I have completed Compliance Check 1?

All new providers must complete the Compliance Check independently. Once fully completed, these should be saved in an electronic version, with supporting documents clearly referenced and sent by email to: FEEEprovision@walthamforest.gov.uk  with the email Subject: Compliance check 1 - [INSERT YOUR ORGANISATION NAME]

You will be contacted within 10 working days by Prospects LTD who have been commissioned by Waltham Forest to undertake these compliance checks for Compliance Check 1 -  WF FEEE Business: All Schools & PVIs.

A site visit will be arranged between yourself and Prospects LTD once the self-assessment documents have been fully evaluated and have been found to demonstrate a good understanding of, and comply with, key elements of the business compliance check.   

 

What should I do once I have completed Compliance Check 2?

All new providers must complete the Compliance Check independently. Once fully completed, a hard copy of your portfolio of evidence should be submitted to:

FEEE Compliance Check 2
Education Business Support
Ground Floor, Business Centre/Higham Hill JSC
313 Billet Road
Walthamstow
E17 5PX

Please note: All supporting documents must be clearly referenced to ensure the process is completed as soon as possible. Organisations are expected to use the Compliance Check 2 - Portfolio layout guidance, see attachment below for logged-in users.

On delivery of your portfolio you will be given/sent a signed slip confirming your portfolio has been received. You will be contacted within 10 working days of the date receipt of your portfolio to discuss the next steps.

A site visit will be arranged with you once the self-assessment documents have been fully evaluated and have been found to demonstrate a good understanding of, and comply with, key elements of Health and Safety.

 

How long does the process take?

We look to work with providers to complete the compliance check process within 4 weeks, however the majority of the process is dependent on organisations having the policies, procedures and trained staff in place and submitting the correct information within this timeframe.

In our experience the Compliance Check 2 - WF FEEE Premises Health and Safety: All non-maintained schools and PVIs is often the one that takes the longest time. This document has a number of links to the HSE website where you can find further information. It is important that you use the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/ and http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/ which will assist you in meeting your statutory requirements. This is to ensure that the property that you are proposing to deliver childcare services from is compliant with the legal and statutory duties imposed on you under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

 

What happens once I have been approved for all relevant Compliance Checks?

You will need to have been approved for all relevant compliance checks before you can be commissioned by the LA to deliver the FEEE, no contract will be issued until they have been approved as meeting the required standards. 

Once approved the commencement date for your FEEE contract would be the date that the last on-site visit had been completed successfully. 

Please note: FEEE payments will only commence from the contract start date; no retrospective payments will be made.

 

Contact

Education Business Support
Ground Floor, Business Centre/Higham Hill JSC
313 Billet Road
Walthamstow
E17 5PX

020 8496 4362
FEEEprovision@walthamforest.gov.uk

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