Working with Assistants

Childminders are increasingly working with one or two assistants; whether you use a member of your household on an ad hoc basis or you have a contracted assistant to maintain ratios, the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements must be met: the childminder is responsible for the assistant’s work and must provide ‘Induction’ and ‘Supervision’, as laid down in the EYFS. There are two documents here which outline best practice when it comes to supervision, as well as a checklist of the Requirements relating to assistants. Take a look.

Ofsted takes a decision on the suitability of all childminding assistants, confirmed with a ‘letter of suitability’ to the childminder. When a childminder takes on a new assistant, the assistant must complete an application for an Ofsted- Enhanced DBS and then must join the DBS Update Service
Ofsted DBS Application – Security Watchdog – Welcome

To get a letter of suitability for an assistant use this link Childminders: report new adults in the home – GOV.UK (

Childminding contacts

 The Childminding Support Team – contact  | Tel 07825 106678