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Read our guide to the new EYFS from September 2021

Support for Childminders

Read about some of the help and support for childminders provided by including guides on setting up as a childminder.

FREE Childminder Paperwork

We believe childminders shouldn't have to pay for paperwork so have created free downloadable paperwork for childminders including over 25 statutory and non-statutory forms, accounts & recording keeping documents and lots more.  We also have a free 126 page comprehensive Childminder Organiser available for all childminders.

Contracts, Terms & Conditions, sample Policies & Procedures and Permissions

All the information and paperwork you need to write your own contracts, terms and conditions, fees policy and permissions documents.  Plus free policies and procedures for childminders.

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Childminder Safety Blog

Free Childminder Safety Blog with lots of useful information on keeping children safe whilst in your care.

The Ofsted Early Years Inspection Handbook

Curriculum - Q&A 

Ofsted New Inspection Framework - Q&A 

Learning & Development at Inspection - Q&A

Safeguarding - Q&A

Preparing for the Early Years Inspection 

Learning Walks 

Cultural Capital 

Curriculum in the Early Years 

Developing Children’s Vocabulary in the Early Years [Updated 29th July 2021]

Reading to Early Years Children 

Childminder Planning 

Paperwork and Admin

How to Register as a Childminder in England
- Free 6 Chapter guide including video tutorial, evidence audit, registration checklists, business management tips, advertising your childminding business, business sustainability, time management & organisation, interviewing new parents

Paperwork for Ofsted Registered Childminders  - 43 page guide to statutory and recommended documents that every childminder needs. [Updated 28th April 2021]

Writing a Business Plan

Attendance Registers

Toy and Equipment Cleaning Rota 

Babysitting Checklist [FREE] [Updated 29th July 2021]

Paperwork for the Childcare Register

Overnight Care Childminders 

Childminders and Jury Service 

Floor Space Requirements [NEW 29th July 2021]

Sustainability Planning [NEW March 2022]


Marketing and Communication

Notice Boards


30 hours funding

How to make the most of 30 hours funding - Chapter 1 

30 hours funding - Chapter 2

Supporting Funded Children 


Pre-Registration Advice and Support

Pre-Registration Advice for Childminders

Safeguarding and Welfare 

Learning and Development 

Planning Permission [Updated 26th May 2021]

Planning Permission - Government information letter [NEW 28th April 2021]



Getting Ready for your Ofsted Inspection

Getting Ready for your Ofsted Inspection 

Planning for Inspection - Aiming for Outstanding


Evidence of Compliance with the EYFS

Moving House and Ofsted

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Ofsted Evaluation Schedule



An Outstanding Ofsted Inspection 

Dealing with Inspection Outcomes 

Unannounced Ofsted Inspections

Inspection Actions

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Ofsted Inspection

Understanding the New Ofsted Inspection Requirements - Chapter 1

Understanding the New Ofsted Inspection Requirements - Chapter 2

Understanding the New Ofsted Inspection Requirements - Chapter 3

Preparing for an Inspection 2017/2018

The Revised Ofsted Inspection Framework 2019 - Chapter 1 

The Revised Ofsted Inspection Framework 2019 - Chapter 2 

Ofsted Inspection from May 2021 [NEW 28th April 2021]


Childminding Assistants and Staff

Registering a Childminder Assistant

Working with a Childminding Assistant (includes a useful checklist) 

Staff - Risk Assessment 

Staff - Induction Training 

Staff Contract (example) [PDF]  

Staff Contract (example) [Microsoft Word] 

Working with a self-employed assistant 

Staff - Record Keeping 

Staff - Safer Recruitment 

Staff - Supervision 

Staff - Observations 

Staff - Suitability 

Working with an Apprentice 

Staff - Manual Handling 

Staff - Wellbeing 

Staff - The Key Person role 

Managing Childminder Assistants [New 25th June 2020]



Annual Safeguarding Updated [September 2020] 

Safeguarding Update [July 2020] 

Safeguarding Update [April 2019] 

Safeguarding and Staff [Updated July 2020]

Safeguarding Staff Audit

Safeguarding File Contents [Updated July 2020]

Safeguarding Audit [Updated July 2020]

Parental Responsibility [Updated July 2020]

Emergency Planning

Childminders and Racism

Childminders and Online Safety

Writing a Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Quick Reference Cards

Teaching Children about Safeguarding 

Keeping Children Safe by Age and Stage 

Managing a Safeguarding Complaint


Data Protection, GDPR & ICO

Our Data Protection section contains a comprehensive suite of Data Protection guides and resources.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development - Introduction [NEW 30th July 2021]

Learning and Development - All About Me and Starting Points [NEW 30th July 2021]

Learning and Development - Observation and Assessment [NEW 30th July 2021]

Learning and Development - Individual Planning [NEW 30th July 2021]

Learning and Development - Group Planning [NEW 30th July 2021]

Learning and Development - Continuous Provision Planning [NEW 30th July 2021]

Learning and Development - Evaluation [NEW 30th July 2021]

Settling New Children

Transitions - Settling in Process

Working with other Settings

Working with other Settings CPD (includes CPD certificate)

Strengthen Links with other Settings 

Child Development - part 1

Child Development - part 2

Child Development - part 3

Communication & Language Toolkit 


Learning Journeys

Supporting Transitions [Updated 11th August 2021]

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 1 

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 2 

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 3 

Educational Programmes

Engaging Parents in their Child’s Learning [NEW 11th August 2021]

Engaging Children in their Learning [NEW 11th August 2021]


Preparing Children for School

School Readiness

Preparing Children for School - Intro

September Activities

October Activities

November Activities

December Activities

January Activities

February Activities

March Activities

April Activities

May Activities

June Activities

July Activities

August Activities

I am Ready for School! 

Preparing Children for School - Intro 

Preparing Children for School - Chapter 1

Preparing Children for School - Chapter 2

Caring for Older Children

Caring for School Aged Children 

Caring for Over 8's 

After School Children


Types of Planning for the EYFS

Annual Planning for Childminders

Individual Planning for Childminders

Medium Term Planning

Planning for different types of Play

Planning Webs [Updated February 2022]

Day by Day Planning

Weekly Planning

Quick Focus Activities

Activities through the Ages 

Continuous Provision Planning

Over 50 continuous provision and activity guides, closely linked to the 7 areas of learning of the EYFS

Provision Planning Guides 

The 7 areas of learning - for Childminders


Group Planning 2022

Introduction to 2022 Planning 

January 2022 Planning

February 2022 Planning

March 2022 Planning

April 2022 Planning

May 2022 Planning

Group Planning Archive

These are group planning guides from previous years but many are still relevant and useful

View the group planning archive


Outside Play

Outside All Year Play - Spring 

Outside All Year Play - Summer

Outside All Year Play - Autumn 

Outside All Year Play - Winter  

Outside Play Planning - Chapter 1

Outside Play Planning - Chapter 2

Outside Play Planning - Chapter 3

Garden Learning Zones - Chapter 1

Garden Learning Zones - Chapter 2

Garden Learning Zones - Chapter 3

Gardening - Spring & Summer

Gardening - Autumn & Winter

Outside Play Audit 

Outside Kitchen Recipes [NEW 28th February 2021]


Quality Teaching

Introduction to Quality Teaching

Planning for Learning

Teaching British Values

Teaching so Children Learn

Teaching Maths

Maths - Chapter 1

Maths - Chapter 2

Maths - Chapter 3

Maths - Chapter 4

Maths - Chapter 5

Maths - Chapter 6

Maths - Chapter 7

Maths - Chapter 8

Maths - Chapter 9

Maths - Chapter 10

Maths - Chapter 11

Maths - Chapter 12

Maths Audit - Improve Maths in your Provision   


Working with Parents

Parents Interviews


Parent Partnerships

Welcome Booklet [NEW 29th June 2020]

Managing Arrivals & Departures 

Building Relationships

More Ideas for Building Relationships

Parent/Childminder Consultations

Audit Communication

Sharing Activity Ideas

Sharing Planning

CPD Audit and Certificate

Updating Parents


Sharing Learning with Parents

Sharing Information with Parents

Chapter 1 - Observation, Assessment and Planning Information

Chapter 2 - Sharing Information about Outings

Communicating with parents

The 7 areas of learning – for Parents

Parents guide to the Childcare Register

Parents guide to the EYFS

Making Displays 

Home Sharing Bags 

Children Learning Through Play Here 


Food and Health

Food and Drink - Introduction

Food and Drink - Breakfast and Snacktime

Food and Drink - Lunch

Food and Drink - Tea

Food and Drink - Menus

Food and Drink - Challenges

Food and Drink - Risk Assessments and Sharing Information with Parents

Food and Drink - Teaching Children to Make Health Choices

Food and Drink - Teaching Children to Make Health Choices - Part 2

Food and Drink - Teaching Children to Make Health Choices - Part 3

Food and Drink - Allergens

Food and Drink - CPD 

Food Provision

Meal time issues

Teeth Brushing

Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds 



Environments for Play & Learning [NEW February 2022]

Resources and the 7 Areas of Learning [NEW February 2022]

Resources for 0 to 1 year olds [NEW February 2022]

Resources for 1 to 2 year olds [NEW February 2022]

Resources for 2 to 3 year olds [NEW February 2022]

Resources for 3 to 4 year olds [NEW February 2022]

Multicultural & Diverse World [NEW February 2022]

Resources to Promote Diversity [NEW February 2022]

Resources to Promote Multiculturalism [NEW February 2022]


Managing Behaviour

Supporting Emotions

Help, I have a Screamer!

Supporting the Challenging Child

Supporting Children with Bereavement [NEW March 2022]


Children's Behaviour


Chapter 1 - Introduction to Behaviour

Chapter 2 - PSED Unpicked

Chapter 3 - Planning to Support Behaviour

Chapter 4 - 2 Year Olds

Chapter 5 - Promoting Positive Behaviour

Chapter 6 - Social Skills

Chapter 7 - Supporting Strong Emotions

Chapter 8 - Supporting the Challenging Child

Chapter 9 - Common Behaviours Unpicked

Chapter 10 - Biting and Fighting

Chapter 11 - Bullying

Chapter 12 - Audit Provision 


Risk Assessments

Children and Choking

Outings Risk Assessments

Guidance for Risk Assessments

Writing Risk Assessments - part 2

Writing Risk Assessments - part 3

Writing Risk Assessments - part 4

Writing Risk Assessments - part 5

Risky Play in Early Years Provision 


SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Caring for Children with Special Education Needs (SEND) Introduction [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Chapter 1 - Supporting Children with SEND [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Chapter 2 - Children with SEND at inspection [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Chapter 3 - Listening to children and parents [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Chapter 4 - Planning for children with SEND [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Chapter 5 - Managing children's individual needs [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Chapter 6 - Inclusion and an Audit [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Chapter 7 - SENCO toolkit [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Promoting Disability [Updated 23rd December 2020]

Promoting Equality of Opportunity [Updated 23rd December 2020]


Reflecting on your Provision


Behaviour Management


Parent Partnership Review

The Observation, Assessment & Planning Cycle

Healthy Living

The Environment

Community Involvement

Play and the EYFS

Accessibility Audit

Menu Planning

Outside Play

Planning and Resourcing the Early Years Environment

Single Use Plastic


Scotland Childminding Guides

These guides have been specially produced for Scottish childminders.

Working with Parents

Preparing for Inspection


Supporting Children's Learning



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