Last reviewed 14 January 2022
New guidance for childminders, nannies and other childcare providers on reporting significant events or changes to health has been withdrawn by Ofsted less than 24 hours after it was originally published.
The guidance, which was published without any consultation, was withdrawn following a backlash from the early years sector over concerns that it was intrusive, potentially discriminatory and would increase workload pressures.
The guidance stated that all Ofsted-registered childminders, nannies or daycare providers must report any significant events that might affect a person’s suitability to look after or be in regular contact with children, including certain changes to health. The guidance also applied to any adult living or working in a childminder’s home and anyone associated with the registered childcare, including visitors.
Examples of notifiable significant events that could affect the suitability of any person who cares for or is in regular contact with children included events that trigger increased anxiety, hardship or emotional problems such as bereavement, illness or injury.
The guidance also provided a long list of examples of notifiable health changes that might affect a person’s suitability to look after children, including any condition that affects the physical ability to walk, balance, bend, kneel or lift a child. Changes in mental health included depression, anxiety, panic attacks and mood swings.
Ofsted has confirmed that they are now clarifying the contents of the document and will publish revised guidance as soon as possible.
An Ofsted spokesperson said:
“'We put together this guidance in response to a survey we carried out, where early years providers told us they wanted more clarity on things they need to inform Ofsted about, such as an incident or health issue.
“Nothing in the guidance was new. Reporting to Ofsted has always been a requirement of the EYFS. However, we understand the guidance has caused some confusion, so we have taken it down while we review it to make it clearer.”