Latest Childminder News and Updates

24th May 2024

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

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24th May 2024

Free webinars for June and July 2024 added to Webinars

Free subscription to Short Courses unlimited from Laser Learning (over 150 courses) now available to gold members

June 2024 Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Friendships added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

Summer Activity Planning in the Garden added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Science Experiments added to Childminder PaperworkChanges to the EYFS
 

6th May 2024

Allergy Advice for Early Years Providers added to Childminder Guides > Food and Health
 

3rd May 2024

Quick Activity Guides for the 7 Areas of Learning added to Childminder Paperwork > Changes to the EYFS

Quick Activity Guides for different Ages of Children added to Childminder Paperwork > Changes to the EYFS

Baby Training Theorists added to Childminder Paperwork > Changes to the EYFS
 

29th April 2024

May 2024 Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Staff & Assistants added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

Staff Supervision added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

Staff & the EYFS 2024 added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

Sample Funding Fees Invoice added to Funding Fees Policy Guidance
 

26th March 2024

April 2024 Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning
 

13th March 2024

Funding Fees Policy guidance updated to include sample Inclusion policy, EYPP / DAF policy, Pattern of delivery policy and SEND local offer which are required by some LAs.
 

27th February 2024

New Childminder Audits added for Books, Promoting Confidence and Expressive Arts & Design in Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

March 2024 Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning
 

15th February 2024

The 7 Areas of Learning educational programmes and activity planning guides added to Childminder Paperwork > Changes to the EYFS
 

11th February 2024

Spring Activity Book, Spring & New Life, Summer Activity Book, Summer Activity Planning, Summer Reading Challenge, Autumn Activity Book and Winter Activity Book all updated in Activities & Resources
 

Statutory Record Keeping Audit, Support for Home Learning Audit, The Childcare Register Audit, The Ofsted Inspection Handbook Audit, EYFS Compliance Audit updated in Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits
 

31st January 2024

Statutory Record Keeping Forms for Childminders updated in Childminder Paperwork

30th January 2024

New Parents Pack updated in Childminder Paperwork > New Parents - Registration, Permissions & Safeguarding
 

29th January 2024

Childminder Contract and contract completion guidance updated in Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Contracts
 

28th January 2024

Fees Policy updated in Childminder Policies
 

26th January 2024

Funding Fees Policy Guidance - advice for childminders on how to deal with funding issues

February 2024 Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Behaviour Policy updated in Childminder Policies

Staff Audits added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits
 

8th January 2024

EYFS Toolkit updated for Changes to the EYFS 2024
 

7th January 2024

Complaints Policy updated in Childminder Policies

Progress Check at 2 updated in Childminder Guides
 

2nd January 2024

Childminder Registration Checklist updated in Childminder Guides > How to Register as a Childminder in England
 

19th December 2023

Audit the EYFS 2024 (Safeguarding & Welfare Requirements) added to Childminder Guides > Safeguarding
 

15th December 2023

January 2024 Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Learning & Development guides updated in Childminder Guides > Learning & Development

Quick Guide to Ofsted Inspection added to Ofsted Inspection Preparation Pack
 

14th December 2023

One of our biggest updates ever! Huge changes across a wide range of areas in preparation of the EYFS 2024 including:

 Safeguarding Q&A

 Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

 Assistants & Staff

 Childminder Assistant Contracts

 Characteristics of Effective Learning (COEL)

 Getting Reading for Ofsted

 Schemas

 Data Protection in England

 Accounts for Childminders

 Care Plan

EAL Toolkit 

Prevent Duty 

Floor Space Requirements 

Glossary of Early Years Terms 

Glossary of Safeguarding Terms 

Glossary of Early Years Documents 

Making Displays 

Managing a Safeguarding Complaint 

Audit for the EYFS 2024 #

Paperwork for Childminders 

Parental Responsibility 

Parents guide to the EYFS 

Planning for Learning 

Planning Webs 

Quick Focus Activities 

Teaching Children about Safeguarding 

Teaching so Children Learn 

Welcome Booklet Guidance 
 

24th November 2023

December 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Book Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning
 

23rd November 2023

Childminders and Safeguarding - all guides fully updated in Childminder Guides > Safeguarding
 

16th November 2023

How to Register as a Childminder in England - all guides fully updated in Childminder Guides
 

14th November 2023

Complaints Policy updated in Childminder Policies
 

7th November 2023

2024 Calendar added to Activities & Resources
 

6th November 2023

Free 100+ page 2024 Childminder Organiser for all childminders added to Childminder Paperwork

Free 32 page 2024 Childminder Diary for all childminders added to Childminder Paperwork

Free 2024 Childminder Budget Planner for all childminders added to Childminder Paperwork
 

20th October 2023

November 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

2024 Group Planning Overview added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Communication & Language Assessment added to Childminder Paperwork > Changes to the EYFS
 

25th September 2023

October 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Contract Addendum updated in Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Contracts (This is for making changes to existing contracts)
 

11th September 2023

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy updated in Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Polices and Procedures
 

9th September 2023

Legislation updates for Childminders from September 2023

Parent Partnerships all guides updated in Childminder Guides > Parent Partnerships
 

29th August 2023

September 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Children's use of Play Areas Audit added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

Introduction to Sharing Information with Parents added to Childminder Paperwork > Information Sheets for Parents

No Children on roll during Ofsted inspection added to Ofsted Inspection Preparation Pack

20th August 2023

Childminder Polices & Procedures all updated for the EYFS 2023 from September 2023

30th July 2023

Caring for children with Special Educational Needs fully updated in Childminder Guides > SEND
 

21st July 2023

Animal & Pet Policy added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Policies & Procedures

August 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning
 

12th July 2023

Ofsted Inspection Preparation Pack added to Childminder Guides > Inspections
 

10th July 2023

New Audits: Baby Rooms, Communication with Parents, EYFS Compliance, Information Sharing with Parents, Outside Play Zones & Safe Sleep added to Childminder Paperwork > Audits

Ofsted Good & Outstanding Guidance added to Childminder Guides > Inspections

Free webinars for August 2023 added to Webinars
 

29th June 2023

Working with Other Settings updated in Childminder Guides > Learning & Development

Mini-audit - Working with Other Settings updated in Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

Outside Play guides updated in Childminder Guides

Teaching Maths - 12 part series fully updated in Childminder Guides
 

26th June 2023

July 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Snack time in Early Years Settings added to Childminder Guides > Food and Health
 

25th May 2023

Free Creative Steps Magazine Summer 2023 online edition now available for gold members

Maths Audit added to Childminders Paperwork > Childminder Audits

Songs and Books of the Week added to Childminders Guides > Planning > Weekly Themed Planning

Healthy Eating of the Week added to Childminders Guides > Planning > Weekly Themed Planning
 

24th May 2023

June 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Health & Safety Toolkit updated in Childminder Guides

Developing Children’s Vocabulary in the Early Years updated in Childminder Guides > The Ofsted Early Years Inspection Handbook

Communication and Language Toolkit added to Childminder Paperwork > Changes to the EYFS from September 2021

Writing a Behaviour Plan added to Childminder Guides > Behaviour

Non-Prescribed Medication added to Childminder Paperwork > Information Sheets for Parents

Medication Handover added to Childminder Paperwork > Information Sheets for Parents

Confidentiality added to Childminder Paperwork > Information Sheets for Parents
 

18th May 2023

Children's Behaviour - 12 chapters updated in Childminder Guides > Children's Behaviour

Paperwork for Ofsted Registered Childminders updated in Childminder Guides > Childminder Paperwork and Admin
 

17th May 2023

Self-regulation added to Childminder Guides > Provision Planning Guides

Childminder Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Planning Webs updated in Childminder Guides > Planning

Making Displays updated in Childminder Guides > Sharing Learning with Parents

Engaging Children in their Learning updated in Childminder Guides > Learning Journeys for Childminders

Supporting Transitions updated in Childminder Guides > Learning Journeys for Childminders

Promoting Inclusion added to Childminder Guides > SEND

Promoting Disability updated in Childminder Guides > SEND

Promoting Equality of Opportunity updated in Childminder Guides > SEND

Guidance on Risk Assessments updated in Childminder Guides > Risk Assessments

Food and Drink guides updated in Childminder Guides > Food and Health

Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds updated in Childminder Guides > Food and Health

Quick Focus Activities updated in Childminder Guides > Planning

Racism in the Early Years updated in Childminder Guides > Safeguarding

Risky Play in Early Years Provision updated in Childminder Guides > Outside Play

Childminders and Online Safety updated in Childminder Guides > Safeguarding

Managing Individual Needs updated in Childminder Guides > SEND

Listening to Children & Parents updated in Childminder Guides > SEND
 

12th May 2023

How to register as a childminder in England updated in Childminder Guides
 

10th May 2023

Weekly Themed Planning added to Planning

Free webinars for June 2023 added to Webinars
 

27th April 2023

Free webinars for July 2023 added to Webinars

May 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Audit the Childcare Register added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

27th March 2023

Running a Toddler Group added to Help & Advice
 

24th March 2023

Free webinars for April and May 2023 added to Webinars

April 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Audit the Ofsted Inspection Handbook added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits

Audit the EYFS Safeguarding Requirements added to Childminder Paperwork > Childminder Audits
 

2nd March 2023

Sample Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy updated. Appendix 2 & Appendix 8 also updated in Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
 

1st March 2023

Childminding Assistants and Staff section fully updated in Childminder Guides
 

27th February 2023

March 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

2023 Childminder Budget Planner added to Childminder Paperwork
 

8th February 2023

Scotland Childminder Guides added to Childminder Guides
 

27th January 2023

February 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Free webinars for March 2023 added to Webinars

Preparing to work in Home-based Childcare Qualification (HBCA) CACHE Level 3 now available including 3 months free gold membership
 

7th January 2023

Action Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) added to Childminder Guides
 

23rd December 2022

January 2023 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Ofsted Pre-Inspection Checklist added to Childminder Guides > Childminder Inspections

New free webinars for February 2023 added to Webinars
 

30th November 2022

The Winter 2022 issue of Creative Steps magazine is now available to read online for gold members.

New free webinars for January 2023 added to Webinars
 

29th November 2022

December 2022 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

2023 Childminder Planning Overview added to Childminder Guides > Planning

2023 Calendar added to Activites & Resources

2023 Childminder Diary added to Childminder Paperwork

What you need and where to find it added to Childminder Paperwork
 

15th November 2022

December Special Days planning activities guide added to Childminder Guides > Planning
 

26th October 2022

Free 100+ page Childminder 2023 Organiser now available

Menopause in Early Years Provisions added to Childminder Guides > Childminding Assistants and Staff

November 2022 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning
 

26th September 2022

Free guide for Childminders Suspended by Ofsted  added to Childminder Guides > Childminder Inspections

Attendance Register for multiple children added to Childminder Paperwork > Statutory Record Keeping Forms
 

25th September 2022

October 2022 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning
 

21st September 2022

Autumn 2022 Creative Steps Magazine now available to view online free for gold members
 

12th September 2022

Setting up a Nursery added to Help and Advice

Heatwave Information added to Childminder Guides

Notice Boards added to Childminder Paperwork > Useful Documents
 

25th August 2022

September 2022 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning
 

13th August 2022

30 Hours Funding - all guides fully updated in Childminder Guides
 

23rd July 2022

August 2022 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Glossary of Safeguarding Terms updated in Childminder Paperwork
 

27th June 2022

July 2022 Group Planning added to Childminder Guides > Planning

Is your child ready for the toilet? added to Childminder Paperwork > Information Sheets for Parents

Accident, Injury and First Aid Form updated in Childminder Paperwork > Sharing Information with Parents

 

4th June 2022

Preparing Children for School fully updated in Childminder Guides

Read more about School Readiness
 

3rd June 2022

Updates to Care Plan and Child Safeguarding File in Childminder Paperwork

 

27th May 2022

FREE Summer 2022 edition of Creative Steps magazine now available online for gold members.
 

24th May 2022

Our Childminder Guides area has now been fully updated to make our extensive resources easy to find.

June 2022 Group Planning added to Childminder GuidesPlanning

Data Protection and Video Doorbells added to Childminder PaperworkData Protection

Glossary of Early Years documents added to Childminder Paperwork
 

24th May 2022

Our biggest update ever to our Childminder Paperwork section.

Now even easier to navigate with updated and new sections including Statutory Record Keeping Forms, Useful Documents, Child Safeguarding File, Parent Pack, New Parents Forms, Learning & Development and Sharing Information with Parents.
 

9th May 2022

Childminder Audits [NEW] - Over 30 audits for your childminding setting to help ensure you are compliant with regulations and legislation.
 

6th May 2022

Finishing Childminding Checklist - [NEW]

Childminder Accounts - [NEW] 11 part guide for childminders about accounts added

Care Plan - fully updated

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures - fully updated
 

5th May 2022

Updates to all Childminder Policies and Procedures

Updated Complaints Record Form in Free Childminder Paperwork
 

27th April 2022

May 2022 Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

28th March 2022

April 2022 Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

24th March 2022

Data Protection Guidance for Early Years Providers added to Childminder Guides
 

14th March 2022

Sustainability Planning added to Childminder Guides

Supporting Children with Bereavement added to Childminder Guides
 

10th March 2022

Health & Safety Policy updated in Childminder Policies

Healthy Eating Policy updated in Childminder Policies
 

3rd March 2022

Complaints Policy updated in Childminder Policies
 

28th February 2022

March 2022 Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

25th February 2022

Spring 2022 Creative Steps Magazine now available to view online - free for gold members
 

24th February 2022

Illness and Infection Control Procedures updated in Childminder Policies
 

12th February 2022

Planning Webs updated in Childminder Guides
 

10th February 2022

Parent Questionnaires for Childminders added to Free Childminder Paperwork
 

Resources in Childminder Guides fully updated:

Environments for Play & Learning

Resources and the 7 Areas of Learning

Resources for 0 to 1 year olds

Resources for 1 to 2 year olds

Resources for 2 to 3 year olds

Resources for 3 to 4 year olds

Multicultural & Diverse World

Resources to Promote Diversity

Resources to Promote Multiculturalism
 

2nd February 2022

Various record forms updated in Childminder Paperwork
 

27th January 2022

February 2022 Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

13th January 2022

This new guidance links continuous provision planning to learning intentions. It has been provided to support early years providers recognise the amazing flexibility of their continuous provision:

Linking your Continuous Provision to Learning Intentions  

Additional Policies & Documents updated in Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
 

Ofsted Update

During January 2022, Ofsted will be contacting some registered early years childminders who have inspections overdue or not recently been inspected to ask for details on current working arrangements and contact information. Selected childminders will receive a link via email to a Microsoft form for completion. Ofsted will only send this to the email address registered with them. The aim of this exercise is to capture up-to-date contact details and minding arrangements to help inform and direct future inspection activity. Ofsted would like to encourage those contacted to please respond as soon as possible. Approximately 1700 childminders will be emailed during January and they will contact more groups of childminders each month during the first half of 2022.
 

12th January 2022

New free webinars for February and March now available for registration 
 

23rd December 2021

Introduction to 2022 Planning added to Childminder Guides

January 2022 Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

16th December 2021

The DfE has updated their Covid-19 FAQ for Childminders
 

2nd December 2021

Care Plan updated in Free Childminder Paperwork - 14 new free guides about care plans
 

30th November 2021

Winter Wellbeing Pack added including Winter Group Planning, Winter Activities and Covid-19 guidance

Creative Steps Magazine - Winter 2021 issue now available online free for gold members
 

29th November 2021

December 2021 Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

10th November 2021

Child Registration Form updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Emergency Contact Form updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Statutory Permissions Form updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Non-Prescribed Medication Admission Permission Form added to Free Childminder Paperwork

Leaving an Assistant Unsupervised with a Child Permissions Form added to Free Childminder Paperwork

Sharing information with other Settings and Professionals Permissions Form added to Free Childminder Paperwork

Childminder Parent-Provider Contract updated in Childminding Contracts

Childminder Contract Completion Guidance added to Childminding Contracts

Contract Addendum updated in Childminding Contracts

Contract Termination Letter updated in Free Childminder Paperwork
 

9th November 2021

All GDPR documents have been updated.

GDPR Q&A  updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Planning for GDPR updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Data Audit updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Data Breach Register updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Data Sharing Agreements updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Writing a Privacy Notice updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Data Protection & Children updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Photographs of Children & GDPR updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Data Protection & Staff updated in Free Childminder Paperwork

Training your staff about GDPR updated in Free Childminder Paperwork
 

3rd November 2021

Free Childminder Organiser - 79 page 2022 childminder organiser now available to all members

The 3 I's: Intent, Implementation and Impact - added to EYFS Resources

 

23rd October 2021

November 2021 Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

14th October 2021

Progress Check at 2 guides, sample form and sample targetted plan have been updated

Progress Check at 2 - Guide for 2021 

Progress Check at 2 - Guide for Parents 

Progress Check at 2 - Sample Form  

Progress Check at 2 - Sample Targeted Plan  


27th September 2021

October 2021 Planning added to Childminder Guides
 

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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