Information for Childcare Providers
Business information for existing childcare
providers and those thinking about starting a new childcare
Disclosure and Barring Service
New online Update Service available from 17 June 2013
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will introduce their
new Update Service on 17 June 2013. This service will dramatically
change the way individuals use their criminal record check and how
employers check their suitability. For the first time, individuals
will be able to apply to have their criminal record check kept up
to date and employers will be able to go online to see if the
information released is still current and valid. The Update Service
will ultimately reduce the number of criminal record checks people
need to have, saving everyone time and money.
From 17 June 2013, anyone who applies for their next criminal
record check can choose to subscribe to the new Update Service for
£13 per year. This will allow them to keep their criminal record
certificate up to date, so that they can take it with them from
role to role, within the same workforce.
Employers benefit too because they can carry out free, instant
online checks of an individual's certificate (with their consent),
to check that it is up to date. When someone is subscribing to this
service, you would only have to seek a new criminal record check if
the system tells you something has changed.
Two other important changes:
introduce the new update service they will also be making two
important changes to the operation of the current Disclosure
Service. Firstly, a change to how you complete 'position applied
for' field on the
application form, and
secondly that Registered Bodies will no longer receive a copy of an
Applicant-only DBS certificates - are you ready?
From the 17th June the
will no longer issue a
copy of the applicant's
certificate to the
Registered Body. You should now start thinking about the changes
that you may need to make to your recruitment processes and
procedures, as you will soon need to ask the applicant to see their
More information about the new Update Service and these two
other changes are available on the
Disclosure and Barring Service website, from this webpage
you can also register with them to receive email alerts.
downloadable document ‘recruiting
safely – safer recruitment guidance helping to keep children
and young people safe’.
an online training course available on
Years Qualifications Finder is a tool designed to help
those delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage to identify which
qualifications are considered full and relevant
Free Nursery Milk:
Every child under the age of five is entitled to a free 189ml
serving of milk whilst in attendance at a registered daycare
provider for two or more hours a day The Government’s Nursery Milk
Reimbursement Unit (NMRU) manages the Nursery
Thinking of starting a new childcare business?
If you are thinking about opening your own Day Nursery, Pre
School, Out of School or Holiday Club please email the Cheshire
East Early years and Childcare Team and provide details of your
business proposal. Your enquiry will be passed to a Childcare
Development Officer who can offer pre Ofsted registration support
Ofsted has information
about becoming a registered childcare provider. They
have information about the requirements for registration on
the Early Years
Register and the
Ofsted have provided guidance to help those applying for
registration on the Early Years Register prepare for their
Researching childcare needs in your area
When you are thinking about starting up a new childcare business
it is always useful to ‘understand the market’.
Cheshire East Council’s ‘Starting a
Business’ webpage has a wide range of general support and
advice for starting a new business.
HM Revenue & Customs has developed a range of useful tools
to help new businesses understand tax and National insurance
responsibilities. They have also produced a free e-learning
course called ‘Starting in
Business’ which explains and guides you through everything you
need to know to get started in business.
Other Useful links: