Process to be undertaken to be commissioned by Waltham Forest Council to deliver free early education and childcare places.
This page outlines the rationale for the compliance checks and the process to complete them.
London Borough of Waltham Forest commissions providers to deliver free early education and childcare places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds as part of the Governments scheme . In Waltham Forest we refer to this as the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE).
In order to be commissioned by Waltham Forest Council to deliver these places providers must successfully complete the necessary compliance checks.
Legal and statutory requirements providers have to meet
Ofsted sets out in its Childminders and childcare providers registration requirements that ‘All registered childcare providers must follow any relevant legislation, including laws about health and safety, disability discrimination, food hygiene, fire and planning requirements. Your local authority can provide advice to help you to identify and comply with your legal obligations.’
Ofsted provides further clarification in its Framework for the regulation of providers on the Childcare register that ‘Providers must also comply with other legal obligations. These may include employment laws, anti-discriminatory legislation, health and safety legislation, data collection regulation and duty of care’
The DfE also states that Local authorities should work with providers to ensure that all parents, have fair access to a free place, which must be delivered completely free of charge, and ensure that providers are completely transparent about any additional charges, for example, for those parents opting to purchase additional hours or additional services.
'Working together to safeguard children' outlines the local authority's 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, Ofsted-registered childcare provider or a Childminder Agency, to deliver FEEE places to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year old's, the local authority requires providers to demonstrate their understanding of the key areas by completing the relevant compliance checks.
Childcare on Domestic Premises should complete the compliance check for childminders. Childminding Agency should complete the compliance check for Childminder Agency
The Compliance Checks are all to be completed online:
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.
Childminders must complete
Childminding Agency must complete
All new schools and PVIs must complete the following:
Kindly select each of the clickable boxes below to access information regarding the completion of each of the compliance checks.