Licensing criteria for home-based ECE services
The Education Act 1989 S309 defines home-based ECE services as the provision of education or care, for gain or reward, to fewer than 5 children under the age of 6 (in addition to any child enrolled at school who is the child of the person who provides education or care) in:
- their own homes
- the home of the person providing education or care
- any other home nominated by the parents of the children.
These services are licensed in accordance with the Education Act 1989 under the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008, which prescribe minimum standards that each licensed service must meet. Licensing criteria are used to assess how the services meet the minimum standards required by the regulations.
For each criterion there is guidance to help services meet the required standards.
The publication of the criteria on its own can be downloaded as a PDF [PDF, 541 KB] and printed.
The licensing criteria were last updated in November 2016.
Licensing Criteria Cover
PF2 Premises support effective supervision
Premises and Facilities criterion 2
The design and layout of the premises support effective adult supervision so that children's access to indoor and outdoor spaces is not unnecessarily limited.
To ensure the children's use of the environment is not unduly restricted by design limitations that make adequate supervision difficult.
Any examples in the guidance are provided as a starting point to show how services can meet (or exceed) the requirement. Services may choose to use other approaches better suited to their needs as long as they comply with the criteria.
Homes are not always designed with small groups of children in mind, and educators need to manage any difficulties presented by the configuration of the premises.
Supervision is paramount in ensuring children are safe while attending the service.
As much as possible, the design and layout of homes should not make it too difficult for the educator (as the only adult present) to actively supervise all children attending.
Any issues with the layout of the premises that limit supervision should be included on the hazard register.