Frequently asked questions

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  1. Where is Gwendolen House Childcare based?
  2. What experience and/or qualifications do I need to do to register with Gwendolen House Childcare?
  3. What is a CRB?
    1. Are CRBs portable?
    2. What ID do I need in order to apply for a CRB check and how much does it cost?
  4. Do I need a visa or work permit to work in childcare?

Candidates

1. Where is Gwendolen House Childcare based?

Gwendolen House Childcare is based in Putney, South West London but operates all over the UK. Please click here for more information on how to find us and a map.

2. What experience and/or qualifications do I need to register with Gwendolen House Childcare?

1. Two years childcare experience;
2. Two relevant working references;
3. An up-to-date CV;
4. An enhanced CRB disclosure (we can apply for this on your behalf).

Your qualifications and relevant experience will determine your duties and salary.

3. What is a CRB? - go to top

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is an Executive Agency of the Home Office, which provides access to criminal record information through its Disclosure Service. This service enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involve children or vulnerable adults.

The CRB was established under Part V of the Police Act 1997 and was launched in March 2002. Briefly, the CRB will provide a certification against the criminal record information held by the Home Office, which will disclose whether or not there are any entries recorded in respect of the relevant individual. Such certification is valid for three years. The current legislation does not allow the self-employed or individuals to apply for a CRB check on themselves. In addition, parents who employ a nanny/au pair/babysitter directly cannot apply for a CRB check; however, if a childcare agency supplies the nanny/au pair/babysitter, that agency is entitled to carry out a CRB check on any candidate.

For further information, please go to http://www.crb.gov.uk

a). Are CRB checks portable? - go to top

Portability refers to the reliance of a CRB check disclosure obtained for a position in one organisation and later used for another position in another organisation.

The CRB procedures no longer facilitate portability. Any organisations or individuals that choose to accept a previously issued CRB Disclosure do so at their own risk.

b). What ID do I need in order to apply for a CRB check and how much does it cost? - go to top

Before Gwendolen House Childcare can apply for a CRB, we will need to see 3 or 5 of the documents in the table below. We can only accept original documents (not photocopies of these).
We will need one document confirming the candidateís date of birth.
The cost of application is £50.


Can the applicant produce any documents from Group 1?

Yes

No

3 documents must be seen
One document from Group 1 plus any two from
Groups 1 or 2

5 documents to be seen
Five documents from Group 2

List of Valid Identity Documents

Group 1

Passport
-any nationality

UK Birth Certificate
- issued within 12 months of date of birth

UK issued Driving License

  1. England/Wales/Scotland/Northern Ireland: either Photocard or Paper
  2. A photocard is only valid if the individual presents it with the counterpart License

EU Photo identity Card
- EU countries only

HM Forces ID Card

UK Firearms License

Group 2

Marriage Certificate

Financial Statement**
e.g. Pension, Endowment, ISA

Birth Certificate

Vehicle Registration Document

UK P45/P60 Statement**

Mail Order Catalogue Statement*

Bank/Building Society Statement*

Court Claim Form**
-Documentation issued by Court Services

Utility Bill*
-Electricity, gas, water, telephone Ė including mobile phone contract/bill

Exam Certificate
e.g. GCSE, NVQ

TV License**

Addressed Pay slip*

Credit Card Statement*

National Insurance Card

Store Card Statement*

UK NHS Card

Mortgage Statement **

Benefit Book
Child allowance or Pension

Insurance Certificate**

Certificate of British Nationality

Council Tax Statement**

Work Permit/Visa**

A document from UK Central/Local Government/Government Agency/Local Authority giving entitlement*:
for example from the Benefits Agency, the Employment Service or the Inland Revenue

CRB Disclosure Certificate**

Letter from Head Teacher*

Connexions Card

An Asylum Registration Card

 

*documentation should be less than three months old
**issued within past 12 months

4. Do I need a visa or work permit to work in childcare.

You will need to have a visa or work permit if you are from any country outside the EU. This is something that you will need to arrange yourself directly with the Home Office. www.homeoffice.gov.uk


Clientís frequently asked questions - Quick Links

Click here to move directly to the question, without having to scroll to it.

  1. Where is Gwendolen House Childcare based?
  2. What do I need to do to register with Gwendolen House Childcare?
  3. What is a CRB?
  4. Are CRBs portable?
  5. What are childcare vouchers?
  6. Can I use childcare vouchers for my childcare and how do I apply?
    1. What is the Childcare Approval Scheme?
    2. What qualifications are required of candidates to be eligible for payment with Childcare Vouchers?
    3. How much will registering with the Childcare Approval Scheme cost?

1. Where is Gwendolen House Childcare based? - go to top

Gwendolen House Childcare is based in Putney, South West London and operates all over the UK. Please click here for more information on how to find us and a map.

2. What do I need to do to register with Gwendolen House Childcare? - go to top

Please complete our Domestic Childcare Registration Form, giving us as much information as possible regarding your requirements. On reviewing this, we will contact you to discuss any aspect that we may need you to expand upon and select no more than three candidates whom we believe to be most suitable to meet your requirements.

3. What is a CRB? - go to top

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is an Executive Agency of the Home Office which provides access to criminal record information through its Disclosure Service. This service enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involve children or vulnerable adults.

The CRB was established under Part V of the Police Act 1997 and was launched in March 2002. Briefly, the CRB will provide a certification against the criminal record information held by the Home Office, which will disclose whether or not there are any entries recorded in respect of the relevant individual. Such certification is valid for three years.

The current legislation does not allow the self-employed or individuals to apply for a CRB check on themselves. In addition, parents who employ a nanny/au pair/babysitter directly cannot apply for a CRB check; however, if a childcare agency supplies the nanny/au pair/babysitter, that agency is entitled to carry out a CRB check on any candidate.

For further information, please go to http://www.crb.gov.uk

4. Are CRB checks portable? - go to top

Portability refers to the reliance of a CRB check disclosure obtained for a position in one organisation and later used for another position in another organisation.

5. What are Childcare Vouchers? - go to top

Parents who are employed and paying PAYE (either one or both parents) may to eligible to receive Childcare Vouchers from their employer. They are intended to save Income Tax and National Insurance on registered or approved childcare. The allowance is £55 per week, or £243.00 per month.

This would amount to a significant saving per parent of up to £962.28 per year for a 22% tax payer and £1195.56 per year for a 40% tax payer. The vouchers can be used for any form of childcare, for children from the ages of 0 - 15 (16 if disabled) years old, and can include (but is not limited to) nurseries, childminders, nannies, breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday clubs, provided the childcare is approved or registered with OFSTED.

Your employer must subscribe to a childcare voucher scheme such as: - go to top

  • www.childcarevouchers.co.uk
  • www.childcarechoice.co.uk
  • www.busybees.com
  • www.faircare.co.uk

Your payroll department will deduct directly out of your pay, before it is taxed the amount that you wish to allocate towards Childcare Vouchers (up to an amount of £243 per month). You then need to allocate the vouchers to the Childcare position that you have selected to pay with them.

6. Can I use Childcare Vouchers for my childcare and how do I apply? - go to top

The Childcare Vouchers can only be used for childcare provided by a childcarer who is registered with the Childcare Approval Scheme. Please see attached web page for the approval process your childcarer will need to go through. https://www.childcareapprovalscheme.co.uk/process.asp or call 08457678111

a). What is the Childcare Approval Scheme?

The Childcare Approval Scheme is a nationally recognised approval scheme commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills.

b). What qualifications are required for candidates to be eligible for payment with Childcare Vouchers?

Eligible Childcarers must have a childcare qualification and a Paediatric First Aid Certificate. Please see attached links with list of qualifications and approved First Aid courses.
https://www.childcareapprovalscheme.co.uk/qualifications.asp
https://www.childcareapprovalscheme.co.uk/firstaid.asp

If the Nanny does not have any of these qualifications, she will need to attend an introduction course in childcare before you can apply for approval by the Childcare Approval Scheme. Please look at the bottom of the above web page for approved courses in your area.

c). How much will registering with the Childcare Approval Scheme cost?

The approval fee is £99.00 (for 2009). This includes VAT, is non-refundable, and covers the cost of administration and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure (CRB check). Approval only lasts for 12 months and to continue using the Childcare Vouchers you will need to re-apply and pay the approval fee.

For more information, please refer to https://www.childcareapprovalscheme.co.uk

What does the Childcare Approval Scheme do?

  • It verifies that the individual has a childcare qualification or has attended an induction course;
  • It verifies that the applicant has undergone appropriate first aid training;
  • It confirms that a satisfactory enhanced CRB check has been carried out including a POCA ( Protection of Childrenís Act) list check;
  • The scheme applies only to childcare provided in England.

What the Childcare Approval scheme does not do:- go to top

  • It does not verify whether the childcarer is eligible to work in the UK;
  • It does not clarify the age group that the childcarer is suited to work with;
  • It does not guarantee that parents using an approved childcarer are entitled to financial support either via working tax credit or employer supported childcare;
  • It does not remove the parentís responsibility to make sure that any childcarer is suitable to look after their children.