Tuesday, 18 October 2016

British Forces Early Years and Childcare


British Forces Early Years Service (BFEYS) is a Tri-Service Accredited Organisation for the regulation of childcare provision conducted overseas on military premises or in Service Family Accommodation, in North West Europe.

BFEYS aims to promote, and contributes to, the improved quality and standards of care and education through independent regulation of early years childcare and childminding provision in support of entitled service and civilian personnel and their families.

In a similar way to Ofsted, the regulation of childcare and childminding provision is to English standards. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

BFEYS responsibilities
The regulatory functions consist of 4 main aspects:
·         Registration of new childcare and childminding provision to show they are deemed qualified to take children.
·         Inspection of registered childcare and childminding provision to ensure a regular check of their work.
·         Investigation of complaints against registered or unregistered childcare or childminding.
·         Enforcement action where requirements are not met.
 Registration by BFEYS will allow providers to demonstrate to parents that essential standards have been met.  It also allows the childcare to become qualifying childcare for the purpose of Working Tax Credit, further information can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk, and employer childcare voucher schemes, such as the Armed Forces Childcare Scheme administered through Sodexo, further information can be found at www.MODchildcare.co.uk

BFEYS does not regulate educational facilities which are provided by Service Children’s Education; school reports can be viewed on the Ofsted website or by navigating from the Ofsted home page at www.ofsted.gov.uk.

Staffing
There are two Early Years Officers (inspectors) in each garrison.  They have considerable experience in early years, and are trained to Ofsted standards to inspect childcare.  All Early Years Officers adhere to a code of conduct to ensure that inspections are of the highest professional standards.  The Director, Senior Early Years Officer and Administrator work in the Head Office which is located in Catterick Barracks, Bielefeld.

Contact details
Head Office
British Forces Early Years Service
G1 Branch
HQ BFG
BFPO 140
Tel 0521 9254 2668 (Mil 81 2668)
Fax 0521 9254 2669 (Mil 81 2669)

Email BFG-HQ-G1-BFEYS-ISA@mod.uk