An Enhanced DBS check is an important part of the Ofsted registration process. All staff within a registered childcare provider of the Early Years Foundation Scheme will need to have first obtained an Enhanced Disclosure. Ofsted will assess how well childcare providers make decisions about the suitability of their staff during regular inspections.
What Ofsted look for when assessing use of background checks.
Who can use the subsidised service?
Ofsted registered childcare providers who provide childcare in England. The subsidy does not operate in Wales or Scotland.
Childminders and childcare providers on domestic and non-domestic premises who care for children in the early years age group (aged from birth to 31 August following the child’s fifth birthday) must register on the Early Years Register.
Only new employees can have their Enhanced DBS check subsidised.
Currently there is no requirement to carry out a re-check for an employee.
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK. If you are not sure whether any of your applicants have the right to work in the UK, you should contact the UK Border Agency for advice at www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk or by telephoning 0870 606 7766.
There are four types of childcare settings for which the DfE subsidy applies:
- Home Child Carers
- Childcare on Domestic Premises
- Childcare on Non-domestic Premises
If you are a registered childminder, home child carer or providing childcare on domestic premises, please refer to Ofsted for details on how to apply for a Disclosure.
Please note there are automatic disqualifications for people working in Ofsted registered establishments.Click here to find out more