NDNA ask for clarity on disqualification

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The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has asked for clearer presentation of the rules regarding childcarers who are living with someone who is disqualified from working with children.

Settings are required to ensure each member of staff is eligible to work with children. However, it seems that the regulations are often misinterpreted, and understandably so.

Many believe the registered provider is the only one that can be disqualified by association (living with someone who is disqualified) but, in fact, it applies to all members of staff.

Rules over the employee’s knowledge of the housemate’s record is where things become even less clear. If the employee is aware, then it must be brought to the attention of Ofsted, who can, in some instances, offer a waiver. If the employee does not know, they are under no obligation to check.

The NDNA feel it is important that this information is presented to the industry in an easy-to-understand format.

Do you often find legislation is not provided in a clear format? What could be done to make it better?

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