London Borough of Waltham Forest commissions providers to delivery Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds who can complete and pass the necessary compliance check. This page outlines the requirements needed for compliance checks.
London Borough of Waltham Forest's Early Years Strategy states that ‘we will measure our success in the following ways’:
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:
'Working together to safeguard children' outlines the local authority overarching responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in their area.
Prior to the local authority issuing a contract to a DfE-registered school or Ofsted-registered childcare provider to deliver FEEE places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds, the local authority requires providers to demonstrate their understanding of the key areas by completing the relevant compliance checks.
The Compliance Checks are:
DfE statutory guidance for local authorities on the provision of early education and childcare states that the local authority can place requirements on providers which relate to keeping children safe and can refuse to fund providers who are unable to meet these requirements.
These compliance checks aim to:
Providers who fail to demonstrate that they have an understanding of and comply with key elements set out by completing a compliance check, will not be commissioned by the local authority as providers to deliver Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
Costs will be incurred if providers compliance check submissions require any more than two evaluations by the Early Years Childcare and Business Development Service and more than a single site visit to successfully complete the compliance check process, all subsequent Compliance Check evaluations and site visits will be chargeable at £425 per day.
All new schools and PVIs must complete the following: