The childcare disqualification requirements set out in the Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 have been extended to include primary schools and nurseries.
Due to the lack of clear guidance from DfE, confusion has arisen as to what schools and nurseries need to do and when. This confusion has been fuelled by conflicting advice from a range of bodies including local authorities, trade unions and school associations.
On 26 February 2015 the Department for Education issued statutory guidance on disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009. This guidance has provided greater clarity on a school and nursery’s obligations.
Protect your school/nursery
We recommend that organisations which are affected act now. It is a criminal offence to knowingly employ a person who is disqualified. It is also likely that Ofsted will soon start to make enquiries about disqualified staff members, including those disqualified by association, and will expect that schools have at the very least started the process of asking staff members to disclose relevant information.
We will be reviewing the new statutory guidance and considering the current position for schools and nurseries in a free webinar, which will be available to view from Friday 13 March 2015.
If you would like to view the webinar or would like a copy of our comprehensive guidance note on the disqualification requirements, please contact Amy Sergison on 0191 211 7995 or Jill Donabie on 0191 211 7933.