Latest Childminder Updates

20th September 2021

Here are the latest additions and updates to our Childminder Guides, Free Childminder Paperwork and other childminder resources. 

Read the latest news and updates for childcare providers about COVID-19

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20th September 2021

Permissions Form in Word and PDF format updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Childminder Safeguarding Q&A - updated

Sleeping Babies & Children - updated in Information Sheets for Parents
 

10th September 2021

Using Birth to 5 Matters in Practice - free video discussion with Donna Gaywood - Project Coordinator for Birth to 5 Matters
 

9th September 2021

Childcare.co.uk have written to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families in England, Vicky Ford, in relation to comments she made in an exchange in the House of Commons with shadow children and early years minister Tulip Siddiq regarding a decline in the number of childcare providers since the start of 2001. We have received a number of concerns from our registered childminder community that the comments are dismissive and disrespectful, appearing to imply that childminders are less important than nursery settings. Read more 

7th September 2021

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures added to Childminder Policies
 

5th September 2021

Parents guide to the EYFS updated in EYFS Resources

Retention Periods for Documents - information for parents has been updated
 

29th August 2021

September 2021 Planning added to Childminder Guides

EYFS Changes 2021 added to EYFS Resources - 26 page overview to the changes.
 

21st August 2021

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, 2021) has been updated to include the requirement: ‘The provider must promote the good health, including the oral health, of children attending the setting.’ EYFS 2021 requirement 3.45, statutory from 1st September 2021.

We have produced 27 Oral Health Resources and guides for childcare providers to help them comply with the new requirements.
 

15th August 2021

Covid-19 Self-Isolation Changes from 16th August 2021 including 2 DfE Q&A documents
 

11th August 2021

Supporting Transitions updated in Childminder Guides

Engaging Parents in their Child’s Learning added to Childminder Guides

Engaging Children in their Learning added to Childminder Guides
 

30th July 2021

New 7 chapter series on Learning and Development added to Childminder Guides

Learning and Development - Introduction

Learning and Development - All About Me and Starting Points

Learning and Development - Observation and Assessment 

Learning and Development - Individual Planning 

Learning and Development - Group Planning

Learning and Development - Continuous Provision Planning

Learning and Development - Evaluation
 

29th July 2021

August 2021 Planning added to Childminder Guides

Resources linked to the 7 Areas of Learning updated in Childminder Guides

Developing Children’s Vocabulary in the Early Years updated in Childminder Guides

Babysitting Checklist updated in Childminder Guides

Floor Space Requirements added to Childminder Guides
 

28th July 2021

Ofsted answer your questions about the revised EYFS 2021 - Watch our video discussion with senior Ofsted inspectors
 

9th July 2021

New - Childminder Policies and Procedures for the revised EYFS from September 2021

New - Series of 89 Parent Information Guides
 

7th July 2021

You can now download personalised webinar certificates for webinars you have attended from the My Certificates page.
 

30th June 2021

July 2021 planning added to Childminder Guides
 

23rd June 2021

Our biggest update ever!

Changes to the EYFS from September 2021 - Comprehensive guide featuring all the information you need to know with supporting resources and documents

Curriculum by Age - 5 new guides

Planning Overview - 8 new guides

Provision Planning Guides - 7 new guides

Themed Planning - 43 new guides

Continuous Provision Planning - 24 new guides

Schemas and Schema Play Guides - 15 new guides

Child Development Guidance - 2 new guides

Quick Assessment Checks - 10 new guides

Assessment Toolkits - 9 new guides

Progress Check at 2 - new guide, sample form and sample targeted plan
 

26th May 2021

June 2021 planning added to Childminder Guides

Planning Permission updated in Childminder Guides

Childminders and Jury Service added to Childminder Guides

Managing a Safeguarding Complaint added to Childminder Guides
 

14th May 2021

Exclusive Video Discussion with Dr Julian Grenier - Lead Writer of Development Matters (part 2). Our members' questions answered by the writer himself.
 

5th May 2021

Free Safeguarding Quick Reference Cards updated
 

28th April 2021

May 2021 planning added to Childminder Guides

Contract Addendum updated in Childminder Contracts

Contract Termination Letter updated in Childminder Paperwork

Paperwork for Ofsted Registered Childminders (43 page guide) updated in Childminder Guides

Ofsted Inspection from May 2021 added to Childminder Guides

Planning Permission added to Childminder Guides

Planning Permission - Government information letter added to Childminder Guides
 

5th April 2021

Changes to the EYFS 2021 Q&A
 

25th March 2021

April 2021 planning added to Childminder Guides

Ofsted inspections may restart after Easter - Read our free guide on how to deal with Ofsted inspection anxiety
 

19th March 2021

News - Childminders in England can now order rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests for home delivery
 

10th March 2021

April 2021 Webinars added to Webinars
 

1st March 2021

My Profile - Please ensure that your profile is up-to-date and that you have provided us with your correct childminder registration details. We do not show your registration number to others but use the information to verify your registration status. To update your profile go to My Profile.
 

28th Febraury 2021

March 2021 planning added to Childminder Guides

Overnight Care Childminders added to Childminder Guides

Outside Kitchen Recipes added to Childminder Guides
 

26th Febraury 2021

News - Early years workers and teachers will not get vaccine priority
 

24th February 2021

March 2021 Webinars added to Webinars
 

23rd January 2021

Using Learning Journeys to Engage Children updated in Childminder Guides

Using Learning Journeys to Engage Parents updated in Childminder Guides

Information for parents about the EYFS added to Childminder Guides
 

22nd Februay 2021

News - Reported coronavirus cases in early years settings continue to rise
 

16th February 2021

News - Confusion over early years vaccine priority
 

12th February 2021

News - DfE releases funding for trainees
 

10th February 2021

News - Update from DfE Early Years Stakeholder meeting
 

27th January 2021

The process of informing Ofsted about a serious childcare incident changes on 28th January 2021.

February 2021 group planning added to Childminder Guides


10th January 2021

Childminder Organiser 2021 updated to show correct date of Chinese New year
 

8th January 2021

News - Childcare.co.uk write to the Prime Minister requesting priority vaccines and access to fast, in-setting, tests for early years workers.
 

6th January 2021

Can school aged children of a critical worker parent attend a childminder instead of school?

Childcare.co.uk have spoken to the DfE about such a scenario and the DfE have stated that, under the current 'national lockdown: stay at home' childcare information, a school child with a critical worker parent should be able to attend their childminder if they, for example, cannot access a space at school or if parents feel it would be safer for the child to be with their childminder.
 

5th January 2021

Read our email newsletter to childcare providers in relation to national lockdown 3
 

4th January 2021

Coronavirus Risk Assessment   added to Coronavirus Toolkit
 

26th December 2020

Updates to SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) in Childminder Guides

Caring for Children with Special Education Needs (SEND) Introduction
 

Chapter 1 - Supporting Children with SEND 

Chapter 2 - Children with SEND at inspection 

Chapter 3 - Listening to children and parents 

Chapter 4 - Planning for children with SEND 

Chapter 5 - Managing children's individual needs 

Chapter 6 - Inclusion and an Audit 

Chapter 7 - SENCO toolkit 
 

Promoting Disability

Promoting Equality of Opportunity

 

23rd December 2020

Introduction to 2021 planning added to Childminder Guides

January 2021 group planning added to Childminder Guides
 

22nd December 2020

FREE Posters updated to reflect the reduction in the self-isolation period, from 14 days to 10 days, for contacts of people with a positive coronavirus test.

Things to do if a child or staff member has symptoms of Coronavirus

Coronavirus information for parents with children in childcare settings


15th December 2020

Free webinars for January 2021 added to Webinars


25th November 2020

December 2020 group planning added to Childminder Guides
 

24th November 2020

What to do if a childminder's own child has been told to self-isolate in England
 

14th November 2020

Free webinars for December added to Webinars
 

5th November 2020

Free 94 page 2021 Childminder Organiser now available for all childminders.
 

2nd November 2020

Retention periods for documents added to Childminder Guides
 

28th October 2020

November 2020 group planning added to Childminder Guides
 

26th October 2020

Exclusive video interview presentation with Dr Julian Grenier - Lead Writer of Development Matters 2020

News - Some of the things we have achieved so far during the Covid-19 pandemic
 

28th September 2020

October 2020 group planning added to Childminder Guides
 

23rd September 2020

DfE UPDATE: The DfE have today confirmed that the Progress Check at 2 will no longer be required during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
 

22nd September 2020

FREE Poster: Coronavirus information for parents with children in childcare settings
 

21st September 2020

New Webinar: EYFS and Development Matters 2020 (for providers in ENGLAND only)

Thursday 1st October 7.30pm
Price: FREE
Limited to 1000 places > Reserve Place
Webinar Access: Enter Webinar on the date/time once registered
Watch again: Gold members can watch again on Webinar Player
 

14th September 2020

The written Progress Check at 2 will be statutory again from 25th September 2020.

Read our Progress Check at 2 FAQ and download a free Progress Check at 2 sample Parent Letter, Report Form and Targeted Plan document.
 

12th September 2020

October Webinars added to Webinars
 

New free Educare training courses for gold members: Creating an Effective Communication and Language Environment and Effective Transition and Emotional Wellbeing in the Early Years
 

3rd September 2020

News - DfE release updated version of the non-statutory Development Matters guidance
 

29th August 2020

September 2020 group planning added to Childminder Guides

Annual Safeguarding Update added to Childminder Guides

Preparing for Local Lockdown added to Coronavirus Toolkit

Are you OK? The impact of Coronavirus added to Coronavirus Toolkit

New guides added to Top Tips for Starting School in September

September Webinars added to Webinars
 

4th August 2020

Childminder Contracts updated in the light of CMA open letter to early years providers

CMA Early Years Investigation FAQ for childcare providers
 

28th July 2020

New and Updated Safeguarding information guides:

Safeguarding Update [July 2020] 

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]
 

Paperwork for the Childcare Register added to Childminder Guides

News - Findings of CMA investigation into the Early Years sector published

August 2020 group planning added to Childminder Guides

New guides added to Starting school in September
 

15th July 2020

New webinars added for August. Watch previous webinars on Webinar Player

Debt Management guide updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Starting School in September - new guides added for Explaining Germs to Children and Organising your Day
 

3rd July 2020

Steps to Reopening Childminding Settings added to Coronavirus Toolkit
 

2nd July 2020

News - Updated DfE Coronavirus Guidance

News - New early adopter version of the EYFS
 

29th June 2020

Welcome Booklet added to Childminders Guides
 

25th June 2020

Managing Childminder Assistants added to Childminder Guides

July 2020 group planning added to Childminder Guides

News - British childcare industry bounces back as demand doubles
 

19th June 2020

Free Poster - Things to do if a child or staff member has symptoms of Coronavirus

Webinars - new free webinars added for July. Watch previous webinars on Webinar Player.
 

14th June 2020

News - Financial Support for Childminders
 

2nd June 2020

News - Expired First Aid Certificates can be extended until 30th September 2020
 

31st May 2020

Parent Discussions added to Childminder Toolkit
 

29th May 2020

Childcare.co.uk writes to government with - A plea from the early years sector for more financial support and guidance

News - Self-Employment income support scheme extended for June, July and August
 

27th May 2020

June 2020 Group Planning adding to Childminder Guides
 

26th May 2020

Steps to controlling coronavirus for early years settings

Arrivals & Departures policy updated in Childminder Policies
- Instead of informing parents that their child’s artwork can be collected at the end of the day, your policy should be adapted to say that the child will, for example, be helped to take a photograph of the artwork which can then be shared with parents.

Supporting Home Learning added to Childminder Toolkit.

Staying in Touch - Staying Safe added to Childminder Toolkit.
 

24th May 2020

Parent Survey added to Childminder Toolkit
 

21st May 2020

Free Return to Work Coronavirus training video for childminders and early years settings
 

19th May 2020

Cleaning and Disinfecting your Childcare Setting added to Childminder Toolkit
 

18th May 2020

Support Vulnerable Staff added to Childminder Toolkit
 

17th May 2020

Coronavirus Risk Assessment has been Updated

Staff Anxiety & Stress added to Childminder Toolkit
 

15th May 2020

Free Childminder Toolkit

In order to help childminders return to work after closure due to Coronavirus we have produced this FREE childminder toolkit containing free childminder contracts, free policies & procedures, free risk assessments, free paperwork, free webinars and lots more. PDF documents are free for all members and Word versions are for gold members only. All paperwork has been updated in relation to Covid-19.


12th May 2020

News - Childminders CAN now reopen on 13th May to provide childcare to the children of one household

News - Government says childminders should be prepared to reopen from 1st June
 

11th May 2020

News - Government releases its COVID-19 recovery strategy but childminders are left more confused than before

Returning to Work: Learning & Development - New 16 page guide to help childminders returning to work.

News - Prime Minister Boris Johnson fails to even mention the early years sector during his speech to the nation as more and more childminders and nurseries continue to shut their doors forever#

Learning Journeys - Introduction has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - At the Start has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Gathering Information has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Observation has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Assessment and CoEL has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Using Early Years Outcomes has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Individual Planning has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Group Planning has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Continuous Provision Planning has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Tracking Progress has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - All About Me Now has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Progress Check at 2 has been updated in Childminder Guides

Learning Journeys - Evaluation has been updated in Childminder Guides
 

7th May 2020

News - Government releases its COVID-19 recovery strategy but childminders are left more confused than before

Free Coronavirus Risk Assessment added for childminders

Free Coronavirus Early Years training video presentation added for childminders

Medication Administration Record updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

All Childminder Policies & Procedures have been updated

Can you charge parents if you can't provide childcare? - CMA investigation into childcare providers
 

6th May 2020

News - Government says it's fine to hire a nanny during lockdown but registered childminders and nurseries must remain closed for the majority


5th May 2020

News - 1 in 4 families are happy keeping lockdown life and 72% say it has brought them closer together


27th April 2020

May Group Planning added to Childminder Guides

Childminders can now get a free Coronavirus test

Has your first aid or safeguarding certificate expired? Find out what you should do


24th April 2020

News - Free Coronavirus tests for Childminders & Early Years Workers


22nd April 2020

News - Nearly a sixth of childcare providers set to close permanently due to Covid-19

Illness and Infection Control Procedures have been updated in Childminder Policies

Illness and Infection Record Form has been updated in Childminder Paperwork
 

20th April 2020

Childcare Providers and Corona Virus FAQ has been updated

Childminder Contracts and Fees Policy updated - Read more about the updates

Top Tips for starting school in September - useful for both childminders and parents

More free webinars - catch up on previous webinars on Webinar Player
 

9th April 2020

News - Nearly 1 in 4 parents say they are more likely to home school their children after the Coronavirus pandemic is over
 

26th March 2020

News - Financial support for self-employed Childminders announced by the chancellor

April Group Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

23rd March 2020

News - Childminders: URGENT - Tell the government you need more help - Deadline TODAY at 5pm

6th March 2020

Registering a Childminder Assistant added to Childminder Guides


4th March 2020

Safeguarding Q&A added to Childminder Guides


3rd March 2020

Childminding Assistant contracts updated in both PDF and Word versions.

Legislation is changing from April 2020 and this will impact on new contracts drawn up to protect employers and employees – in this case childminders and assistants.

You will see the changes in red. These changes must be made for all new employees from April 2020.


28th February 2020

March Group Planning added to Childminder Guides


29th January 2020

February Group Planning added to Childminder Guides


15th December 2019

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 added to Childminder Guides

January Group Planning added to Childminder Guides


8th December 2019

Curriculum Questions & Answers added to Childminder Guides

Unannounced Ofsted Inspections has been updated in Childminder Guides

Advent Activities


21st October 2019

Childminder Planning guide added to The Ofsted Early Years Inspection Handbook

Development Matters and Early Years Outcomes added to Early Years Outcomes

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 1 has been updated

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 2 has been updated

Characteristics of Effective Learning - Chapter 3 has been updated


20th October 2019

New Q&A on Learning & Development at Inspection


19th October 2019

Monthly Planning November 2019

December Activities

Making Displays has been updated

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Dealing with Inspection Outcomes has been updated


18th October 2019

Childminding Assistants and Staff section updated

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


30th September 2019

Monthly Planning October 2019

After School Children

Updating Parents

Settling New Children

Emergency Planning has been updated

Moving House and Ofsted has been updated

Notice Boards and Childminders has been updated


4th September 2019

Letters and Sounds in Provision Planning


27th August 2019

Monthly Planning September 2019


18th August 2019

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

Ofsted New Inspection Framework - Questions & Answers


1st August 2019

Monthly Planning August 2019 

Medication Policy and Procedures in Childminder Policies

Growth Mindset in Provision Planning


29th June 2019

Monthly Planning July 2019 

Attendance Register - Updated 

Reading to Early Years Children 
 

21st June 2019

New section on the new Ofsted Early Years Inspection Handbook including 5 information guides.

Preparing for the Early Years Inspection

Learning Walks

Cultural Capital

Curriculum in the Early Years

Developing Children’s Vocabulary in the Early Years


25th May 2019

Monthly Planning June 2019 

Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds 
 

26th April 2019

Monthly Planning May 2019 

Safeguarding Update 

Safeguarding and Staff 

Safeguarding File Contents 

Safeguarding Audit 

Parental Responsibility 

Communication & Language Toolkit

Single Use Plastic
 

29th March 2019

Monthly Planning April 2019 

The Revised Ofsted Inspection Framework 2019 - Chapter 2


28th February 2019

Monthly Planning March 2019 

The Revised Ofsted Inspection Framework 2019 - Chapter 1


30th January 2019

Monthly Planning February 2019 

Planning and Resourcing the Early Years Environment


31st December 2018

Monthly Planning January 2019 

Managing Arrivals & Departures

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