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Giving us a video tour of your home

As part of your 45 minute video call, we’ll ask you to give us a tour on your phone/device of your home (or prospective setting).

Here’s what we’ll ask you to do.

  • We’ll ideally need you to start outside your front door (if the internet allows), so we can see your street and the front of your home.

  • Then we’ll need to see all of the rooms that the children will use.

    • This includes your kitchen, bathrooms, main living area, rooms where the children will be sleeping and garden (if you have one).

  • The rooms DO NOT NEED to be set up for children in any way

    • We don’t expect you to have bought any resources or equipment yet!

  • We’ll just need you to know which rooms you plan to use, and have a rough idea of how you’ll make the room suitable, especially if you plan to make big changes from what’s there now (e.g. moving furniture around, getting rid of furniture etc.)

  • We need to understand that the space can be made safe for children.

    • As you tour us around if there are hazards, we might ask you how you’d plan to address them.

    • Please read the information below to begin to understand what kind of hazards we’ll be looking out for.

Making a home safe for childminding

By the end of your training you’ll need to be aware of your legal responsibilities to provide a safe environment for children. You are not expected to have carried out any changes to address these requirements at the point of the video interview, but it’s good to know where you’re headed.

  • Most of what you’ll need to consider is simply common sense.

Health and Safety Legislation Requirements

  • Your electrical appliances and fittings should conform to safety requirements and must not pose a hazard.

    • Your landlord may be responsible for this, if you rent.

  • Your gas appliances need to be serviced/tested annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer,

    • Your landlord may be responsible for this, if you rent.

  • You’ll need to check your risks of having a contaminated water supply, which is minimised by not having cold water above 20 degrees C at source or storing hot water below 60 degrees C. This applies to very few people.

  • You’ll need to think about how you store cleaning products, toiletries, medicines and other fluids and substances hazardous to children.

  • You need to assess your windows in light of children being in your setting.

  • You need to comply with food safety. We will train you in this.

  • Heat sources (e.g. radiators, fires, ovens) should be protected or temperature controlled.

  • You’ll need working smoke alarms and clear and accessible exits.

In addition to following the legislation you need to think about general hazard protection with small children around.

  • You’ll need to think about things that could be climbed up, pulled down or tipped over onto children.

  • You’ll need to think about protecting children from drops.

  • You’ll need to think about hanging wires or strings.

  • Children shouldn’t be able to open doors to the outside themselves.

  • Your home will need to be clean and hygienic.


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