Guidance on Good Practice
The Churches’ Legislation Advisory Service has made a circular available relating to Childcare, Out-of-school clubs and Registration – download here.
Download here the current relevant Ofsted Registration Factsheet.
If you’re looking for guidance on running a Holiday Club, download here.
Don’t be caught out – get a permit! Important information about the Law:
If you take a group out (Children or Adults) using a Mini-bus or Large Bus – hired or otherwise, you may be breaking the law if you do not have a permit under section 19 or 22 of the Department of Transport Permit System. If you make any charge at all, even a hidden charge through subscriptions, or added to the cost of an outing or event, then you will definitely need a permit. There are two parts to the application form and both are here for you to download. Plus there is the DofT guide available to ascertain if you need to have one. (MOST DO)!
Download the Department of Transport Guides:
Using minibuses and other transport Outline Guide – download here
DofT Guide using minibuses and other transport – download here
Permit Application 1 – download here
Permit application 2 – download here
It is our recommendation that as a church you apply for a permit anyway, as it can be used for any mini-bus you hire (although we believe it is one per bus).