Statutory guidance

Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006

Statutory guidance for schools about employing staff who have been disqualified from providing childcare.


Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006


This statutory guidance is for:

  • local authorities
  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies

It relates to all schools.

Statutory guidance is issued by law. You must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

This guidance is for schools and local authorities to understand their responsibilities under the Childcare Act 2006, where staff are providing childcare in schools.

The statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ is also available.

Published 26 February 2015
Last updated 10 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated review date to January 2017 when we will take account of the outcome of our consultation on changes to the disqualification arrangements for childcare workers. We’ve updated web links where necessary but made no changes to the content of the guidance.
  2. Clarified paragraphs 14 and 22 of the statutory guidance document.
  3. First published.