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We have over 500 childminder guides and resources. Find out what's new or updated in this section.


Support for Childminders

Read about some of the help and support for childminders provided by Childcare.co.uk 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 Childcare.co.uk 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

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 

Reading to Early Years Children 

Childminder Planning 


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

Paperwork for the Childcare Register 

 

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

Introduction

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

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Ofsted Evaluation Schedule

 

Inspections

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 

 

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]

 

Safeguarding

Annual Safeguarding Update [September 2020]

Safeguarding Update [July 2020] 

Safeguarding Update [April 2019] 

Safeguarding and Staff [Updated July 2020]

Safeguarding Staff Audit [New July 2020]

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 

 

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  

Retention periods for documents
 

Learning and Development

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

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 

After School Children


Planning

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

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 (2020)

The new Childcare.co.uk 2020 group planning has been written with Ofsted’s new Early Years Inspection handbook in mind and the expectation to show intent, implementation and impact.

These 2020 planning guides – an introduction guide to talk you through the rationale of the new inspection framework and one guide for each month of the year – will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge rich curriculum confidently. Your job will be to ensure your planning is sequenced effectively for the individual child.

Ofsted have clearly stated in their recent training and blogs that early years providers do not need to show evidence of written planning during inspection, but do need to be able to discuss how they teach children about, for example, the world around them, similarities and differences and world festivals and celebrations.

2020 Group Planning Introduction

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

October

November

December

 

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

Introduction

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

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 

Sharing Learning with Home - part 1

Sharing Learning with Home - part 2

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 

 

Resources

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

Introduction

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

Introduction

Behaviour Management

Safety

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

SHANARRI

Supporting Children's Learning

 

 

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