Requirements when delivering childcare
In order to ensure that you have suitable and safe premises for offering childcare you must ensure your organisation meets the requirements for both:
The Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS), which sets out the requirements around the safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment in paragraphs 3.54 to 3.66. All of the requirements within these paragraphs must be met.
Please note: the framework outlines the space required for delivering children based on their age in paragraph 3.57, this refers to the "usable" space. When working out the number of children you would be able to provide for on your premises your calculations should be based on the areas of the rooms that children would be able to use and should not include: storage areas, thoroughfares including areas where door swings intrude into the space, dedicated staff areas, cloakrooms, utility rooms, kitchens and toilets.
As a rule of thumb, we subtract 10% from areas for the above but there are cases when this could be more. If you would like support in this please contact the Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service.
- The additional legal duties which go above and beyond those required by Ofsted and the EYFS standards. Further information and guidance on how to be compliant can be found in Waltham Forest's Compliance Check 2 - WF FEEE Premises Health and Safety: All non-maintained schools and PVIs