WORKING WITH ASSISTANTS
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 ‘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. 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
Once the assistant has an Ofsted-Enhanced DBS, then the assistant must complete an EY2 on Ofsted Online https://online.ofsted.gov.uk/OnlineOfsted/default.aspx.
The childminder must email firstname.lastname@example.org attaching an EY3 form. This is to notify Ofsted of a new assistant. You can find the EY3 form here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-and-childcare-providers-ey3-changes-to-individuals
Contact email@example.com for further advice about working with assistants.
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