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 updated 2017) 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. 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 Tax Free Childcare for parents, 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. This is closing to new applicants in October 2018.
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.