We aim to provide a flexible service for parents that meets the needs of individual children, as a registered childminder we must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. It sets out:
- The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
- The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
- Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
What does it mean for me as a parent?
Ensuring your child’s safety
Much thought has been given to making sure that your child is as safe as possible. Within the EYFS there is a set of welfare standards that everyone must follow. These include how many children a childminder can look after, and things like administering medicines and carrying out risk assessments.
You can find out about the quality of your childminder in relation to the EYFS Framework by checking what the Government’s official inspection body for early years, Ofsted, has to say about it. You can find this information at www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report
I am a member of the Children Come First (CCF) Quality Assured.
How my child will be learning
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Children are taken out on a daily basis, and enjoy regular outings to local parks and children centres as well as planned activities at my home.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
For every child under the age of 5, I make observations of their development and plan activities to help them learn. I will share these records with you on a regular basis; and ask you about any development that you have noticed at home. In this way we work together to best support your child. You can find the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at www.foundationyears.org.uk
You may find the What to expect When Guide useful to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS
Food and Drink
I have a healthy eating policy, healthy meals are cooked on the premises in accordance with the government’s healthy eating guidelines. We have a 4 Star rating with the Food Standards Agency. Everyone has completed the food hygiene course. Sweets and chocolates are not allowed except on special occasions. You can find ideas for healthy lunch boxes by visiting
I aim to help children learn about a healthy diet and good hygiene, for example, by washing their hands before eating. We encourage children to join in preparing healthy snacks.
Managing Behaviour and Equal Opportunities
We promote good behaviour by ensuring that children are able to understand the house rules, using positive language and by demonstrating good manners. We use distraction and redirection to manage the behaviour of younger children.
All children should feel included, and we help children learn about the similarities and differences they share with others through activities and celebrating together.
Should we have a concern about your child’s behaviour we will discuss it with you to ensure we work in partnership to support your child’s social development.
Each parent is given a copy of our behavior management policy.
Under no circumstances will we smack, hurt, shout or humiliate your child. A naughty step will not be used.
Fundamental British values are embedded in our behavior policy and all areas of practice.
We appreciate that as a working parent you need to be able to go to work, however if your child is unwell then they will be bettered cared for in their own home with a parent. We are happy to care for children with minor coughs and colds but will not care for children who are very unwell, infectious or running a high temperature. I have to go out each day to do school and pre-school runs and need to consider the welfare of all the children in my care. We are only able to administer medicine prescribed by a doctor, dentist or recommended by a pharmacist. Medicines must be clearly labelled and in their original packaging.
If you child has had diarrhoea or sickness in the last twenty-four hours please do not bring them, but call and let me know.
We encourage parents to visit with their children before they leave their child with us, during the first few weeks your child can stay for less than the contracted hours to allow them some time to adjust to separation. We do not charge for the settling in period for short hours.
My responsibility as a childminder is to ensure the safety and welfare of all the children in my care in line with the procedures laid out by my local safeguarding board.
I and all members of my household have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) I must inform Ofsted and the LADO if there is an allegation made against me. 020 8937 4300
I ask parents to keep mobile phones and cameras in their pockets or bags whilst in my home, I will seek your permission before taking pictures of your child.
I routinely record all injuries I see on a child in my incident book and ask that you sign my accident book if your child is hurt whilst in my care.
A full copy of my safeguarding children policy is available at your request.
I hope that you are happy with the service that we provide, but I encourage parents to discuss any concerns with me at the earliest opportunity. Many concerns are easily resolved when there is good communication between myself and parents.
I keep a record of any complaints made against me or any members of my staff in writing, which is available for you to view at your request.
A parent may at any time contact the regulating body Ofsted on 0300 123 1231. Ofsted produces guidance on concerns and complaints about childminders and childcare providers. This is available on the Ofsted website and provides guidance on the complainant’s right to contact Ofsted. A full copy of this procedure is available at your request.
I must keep children safe on outings, I do this by
- Ensuring the children hold my hand or the pushchair whilst we are out
- Avoid going to places that are overcrowded
- Making sure I risk assess outings (this is not always done in writing)
- Taking a small first aid kit
- Ensuring I always carry a phone and have parents contact details
In the unlikely event that a child becomes lost, I will:
- Ensure the other children in my care are kept safe (for example strapping them in a buggy)
- Enlist the support of the public/ security officers
- Call the police
- Call the parents
- Inform Ofsted
Arrivals and Departures
Try to keep to a strong routine when arriving in the mornings and remember to say goodbye, it can be frightening for a child if you just “disappear”
I will only release your child from my care to adults who have permission to collect him/her.
If you are delayed, for whatever reason please contact me and let me know when you expect to arrive. I will normally be able to accommodate the additional care, although I reserve the right to make an additional charge for late collection. I will reassure your child that you are on the way.
If I have not heard from you and you are very late I will try and make contact with you. I will also attempt to contact the emergency numbers provided. If I am unable to make contact with anyone I will inform Social Services and follow their advice.
For more comprehensive and detailed policies and procedures, should you wish to read is available at all times.