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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. Plus free policies and procedures for childminders. 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.

FREE Childminder Insurance

Find out how gold members can enjoy free childminder insurance including £10m Public Liability insurance, £10m Employers' Liability Insurance, £100,000 Professional Indemnity insurance, free Loss of Revenue & Suspension Cover and Legal Expenses cover.

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

Ofsted New Inspection Framework - Questions & Answers

Preparing for the Early Years Inspection

Learning Walks

Cultural Capital

Curriculum in the Early Years

Developing Children’s Vocabulary in the Early Years

Reading to Early Years Children

Early Years Outcomes

Five chapter series on Early Years Outcomes 

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 Childminders - 42 page guide to statutory and recommended documents that every childminder needs.

Writing a Business Plan

Attendance Registers

Toy and Equipment Cleaning Rota 

Babysitting Checklist


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 



Getting Ready for your Ofsted Inspection

Getting Ready for your Ofsted Inspection 

Planning for Inspection - Aiming for Outstanding


Evidence of Compliance with the EYFS

Writing your Self Evaluation Form

Self Evaluation & Action Planning 

Self Evaluation & Action Planning for 2018 

Moving House and Ofsted

Recording CPD - part 1

Recording CPD - part 2

Recording CPD - part 3

Ofsted Evaluation Schedule



An Outstanding Ofsted Inspection 

Dealing with Inspection Outcomes

Unannounced Ofsted Inspections

Ofsted Inspection Expectations

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 


Childminding Assistants and Staff

Assistants - Introduction

Assistants - Checklist

Assistants - Documentation

Assistants - Risk Assessment

Assistants - Induction Training

Assistant Contract [PDF]

Assistant Contract [Microsoft Word]

Assistant Agreement (Self Employed Assistants)

Staff medication

Staff Accident and Injuries

Staff Record and Staff Arrangements

Safer Recruitment - Chapter 1

Safer Recruitment - Chapter 2

Staff Supervision

Staff Observations

Staff Suitability

Working with an Apprentice

Staff Safety - Manual Handling 

Practioner and Staff Wellbeing

The Role of a Key Person 



Safeguarding Update 

Safeguarding and Staff 

Safeguarding File Contents 

Safeguarding Audit 

Parental Responsibility

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 


Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and GDPR

Advice for Childminders

CPD Training (includes certificate)

Document Retention

Data Protection Update - GDPR 2017  

Photos of Children & GDPR  

GDPR Training for Childminders  

GDPR Documents  


Learning and Development

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

Child Development - part 4 - 2 Year Progress Check

Communication & Language Toolkit 


Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys - Introduction 

Learning Journeys - At the Start 

Learning Journeys - Gathering Information 

Learning Journeys - Observation 

Learning Journeys - Assessment and CoEL 

Learning Journeys - Using Early Years Outcomes 

Learning Journeys - Individual Planning 

Learning Journeys - Group Planning 

Learning Journeys - Continuous Provision Planning 

Learning Journeys - Tracking Progress 

Learning Journeys - All About Me Now 

Learning Journeys - Progress Check at 2 

Learning Journeys - Evaluation 

Supporting Transitions

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 1 

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 2

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 3 

Cohort Tracking

Educational Programmes

Child Development - 2 Year Progress Check

Individual Learning Plans

Using Learning Journeys to Engage Children 

Using Learning Journeys to Engage Parents 


Learning Journey Toolkit

Chapter 1 - Learning Journey Toolkit

Chapter 2 - Learning Journey Toolkit

Chapter 3 - Learning Journey Toolkit

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 


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

Day by Day Planning

Weekly Planning

Quick Focus Activities

Advent Planning

Royal Wedding Planning 

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 (2019)











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 


Evidencing Quality Teaching


Teaching and Planning for Children’s Learning – an overview

Teaching British Values

British Values - Quick Reference

Teaching in the Prime Areas of Learning

Teaching the Specific Areas of Learning - Part 1

Teaching the Specific Areas of Learning - Part 2

Using Children’s Interests in Teaching

Teaching – Introducing New Learning

Teaching - an Introduction to Themed and Continuous Provision Planning

Teaching - Resources for Learning

Teaching - Literacy & Numeracy


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 Pack - part 1

Parent Pack - part 2

Parent Pack - part 3

Parent Pack - part 4


Parent Partnerships

Managing Arrivals & Departures 

Building Relationships

More Ideas for Building Relationships

Parent/Childminder Consultations

Audit Communication

Sharing Activity Ideas

Sharing Planning

CPD Audit and Certificate


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

Sharing Learning with Home - part 1

Sharing Learning with Home - part 2

Daily Diary [PDF]

Daily Diary [Microsoft Word]

Email Daily Diaries

Home Sharing Bags 

Children Learning Through Play Here 

Ideas for Home Learning

Ideas for Home Learning - Spring and Summer

Ideas for Home Learning - Autumn and Winter


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 



Making a Resource List

Resources for Babies and Toddlers

Resources for 1 to 2 Year Olds 

Resources for Pre-School Children

Resourcing Multiculturalism and Diversity

Promoting Multiculturalism 

Childminders and Diversity

Resources linked to the 7 Areas of Learning  


Managing Behaviour

Supporting Emotions

Help, I have a Screamer!

Supporting the Challenging Child


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 

Supporting Children with SEND 

Children with SEND at Inspection 

Listening to Children and Parents 

Planning for the individual child 

Managing Individual Children's Needs 

Inclusion and an Audit 

SENCO toolkit 

Promoting Disability 

Promoting Equality of Opportunity 


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


Audits of the Learning & Development Requirements of the EYFS

Introduction to the Learning and Development Requirements

Audits Part 2

Audits Part 3

Audits Part 4

Audits Part 5

Audits Part 6

Audits Part 7

Audits Part 8

Audits Part 9

Changes for the EYFS 

Safeguarding & Welfare Requirements

Learning & Development Requirements

Changes to the EYFS 2017

EYFS 2017 showing changes from EYFS 2014


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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