GDPR Training for Childminders & Early Years Settings

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new EU data protection legislation which will replace the Data Protection Act from 25th May 2018.


How does this apply to early years settings?

Every early years setting will need to comply with GDPR and ensure their systems for processing data about children, families and staff (if relevant) are robust and secure.

Early years providers will need to continue paying the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which regulates the GDPR.


Free GDPR paperwork for childminders & early years settings

We have produced a range of free paperwork for childminders to help them comply with GDPR.


Watch our free training video on GDPR for childminders & early years settings

This video is part of a comprehensive series of documents and presentations from Childcare.co.uk to support all providers with compliance.

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Update – GDPR and data retention

ICO have confirmed that providers who retain documentation in paper format will not have to continue paying a fee when they leave childminding or retire. However, if providers retain documentation in the cloud or on electronic devices when they leave childminding or retire they will need to keep paying the ICO fee.

This update only relates to childminders who are leaving childminding or retiring. All providers must continue paying ICO while they are registered with Ofsted.

Please see ‘Data Protection Fee – guide for controllers’ from ICO for more information.


How does GDRP effect how I store photos of children?

This video presentation will guide you through photograph compliance.

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Update to GDPR and Photographs training

ICO advise that providers request regular (ICO suggest annual) updates to Photo Permission when children leave the setting. This is because the legal basis of ‘consent’ degrades over time. Parents must also be reminded that they can withdraw this permission at any time.

This does not apply to any photos you are keeping for ‘personal’ as opposed to ‘business’ purposes. For example, you might keep a photo of a childminded child which also includes your own child – this is not a business photo and you do not need repeated permission to retain it for your own use.


How can I train my staff about GDPR?

This video will provide some suggestions on how you can train your staff about GDPR.

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How can I find out more about GDPR?

GDPR legislation is in a constant state of change at the moment. You will find updated guidance on the ICO website.


Where can I get support from other childminders and early years providers?

The Independent Childminders and Nursery Chat facebook pages are great place to discuss GDPR with other childminders and early years workers.

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