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Preparing for your home visit
Preparing for your home visit

What you need to do to get your home ready to be registered

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Written by Lisa Holmes
Updated over a week ago

As well as making your home a safe and welcoming place for children and families there will be some other things our inspectors will need to see before we can issue your registration certificate and you become a fully registered tiney childminder!

By the time you have your visit you will have:

  • completed all your initial learning and reviewed by the tiney team.

  • returned and had accepted by tiney background checks and DBS for you and all household members over the age of 16.

  • booked your in person first aid course

  • completed your policies and risk assessments and had them reviewed

  • been to your safeguarding webinar

  • signed the tiney registration commitments

  • passed your registration call.

At the registration visit

Have all safety equipment in place (including stairgates, fire blankets and fire alarms).

Hint: Refer back to the app to check you have everything in place.

Have a play-based activity suitable for an early years child set up and be able to explain why you have chosen this activity and how you would interact with the children to support their learning and development. Be prepared to discuss your intentions for the activity in relation to the EYFS and the seven areas of learning.

Have all required paperwork in an accessible place for the tiney team to look at.

We need to see ID documents for all household members over the age of 16

As far as possible, make sure you will be free from distractions. You may wish to arrange care for your own children and ensure you do not have any visitors.

Hint: We want you to be able to give us your full attention so you can show us what you can do!

The purpose of our registration visit is to decide if your home is a safe, secure environment for children, and to understand more about the quality of provision on offer for children in your tiney home.

The Basics

The visit will take place in your home over the course of approximately 1-2 hours (it could be longer if needed!). You will need to give the tiney team your full attention so it will be best to make sure that (where possible) any family members or small children are out of the home for the duration of the visit.

At the end of the visit, if you are successful, you will be able to start working as soon as you receive a copy of your registration certificate!

Home access

Even though you will only be using part of your home for your business please be aware that the tiney team will need to be able to access all areas of your home (even teenagers bedrooms!)

About the Registration Visit:

We want the visit to feel positive and supportive and to give you a space to reflect on how you’ve set up your tiney home nursery. However it is important to note this is also a serious and formal occasion, deciding whether you can legally run a childcare business from your home.

We’re particularly interested in the experience children have at your setting and the development they make in your care. We will give you feedback at the end of the visit and let you know the next steps.

What the team will need to see

During the visit, we'll be looking at and assessing the following things:

  • You home fully set up and ready to operate as a tiney home nursery.

  • All safety measures in place.

  • All necessary equipment and resources (remember you will be able to add to these as your business grows; we will only expect to see the things that are absolutely necessary for you to start operating)

  • A clean, tidy and welcoming home.

  • Photo ID for each family member.

The Structure of the Home Visit

  1. We’ll start by introducing ourselves and recapping what we will be looking for.

  2. Then we will have a walk around your home with you (including the areas you won’t be using for your work).

  3. We’ll discuss your risk assessment.

  4. We’ll ask you to show us the play based activity you have set up and talk us through why you chose it and how it relates to the EYFS.

  5. We’ll ask you some questions about you as a tiney home leader.

  6. Then we’ll give you some initial feedback and talk about next steps.

What happens if you don’t ‘pass’ first time

If we visit and decide there are some things you need to improve before we can finalise your registration, we will give you a list of actions and a time in which to complete them. Depending on the actions required we will either ask for photos or documentation to show you have completed them. Sometimes we'll come back for another visit or arrange a video call. Very rarely we may decide that we will not be able to register you. In all cases we will give you feedback to make sure you understand our decision.

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