Childcare Disqualification Regulations – Guidance for Schools
The DfE has issued supplementary advice to its “Keeping Children Safe in Education” statutory guidance. This advice details a requirement for childcare disqualification checks to be carried out on relevant staff working in schools and academies. These checks arise from the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and related obligations under the Childcare Act 2006, which prohibit anyone who is disqualified themselves under the Regulations, or who lives in the same household as a disqualified person, from working in a relevant setting (or managing that provision) including in the reception class in schools, or in childcare facilities, or before or after school or holiday clubs on the school site, which have pupils under the age of 8.
There is therefore now a requirement to check existing staff and short listed applicants.
Southend LSCB has drawn up guidance which is on their web page.
All schools are asked to check whether the Regulations apply to staff on their school site and, if they do, to take action to comply with the requirements:
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