October Blog from The Childminding Café ‘ 2017 – National Burns Week

October 14th, 2017

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Child Safety Week – 5th – 11th June 2017

May 20th, 2017

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April Blog’ Keeping your children safe online

April 14th, 2017

April Blog’ Keeping your children safe online

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March 17′ Blog – Business Scheme update for Childminders

March 17th, 2017

March 17′ Blog – Business Scheme update for Childminders

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February 17′ Blog – Supporting children and Young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

February 18th, 2017

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January Blog – Food safety update

January 21st, 2017

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November 16′ Blog – Promoting Road Safety

November 10th, 2016

Promoting Road Safety

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September Blog – Regulation updates

September 13th, 2016

September 16′ blog – Regulation updates

 

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August 2016′ Blog – Is your child ready for School

August 16th, 2016

August 2016′ Blog – Is your child ready for school

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July 2016 Blog – Early Years Foundation Stage Profile update

July 13th, 2016

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June Blog – What’s new at The Childminding Cafe

June 21st, 2016

June-Blog- What’s New at The Childminding Cafe

May 2016′ Blog – Child Safety

May 11th, 2016

May 2016′ Blog – Child Safety

 

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May 2016 Newsletter from the Childminding Cafe – Promoting Child Safety

May 3rd, 2016

Child Safety News Letter

April 8th, 2016

Child Safety News

 

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A reminder of Changes to Working Tax Credits for childminders

March 8th, 2016

A reminder of Changes to Working Tax Credits for childminders

 

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Childcare regulations and inspection of childcare & play are changing…..again from April 2016 in Wales

February 16th, 2016

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New legislation means Childminders have more flexibility

January 18th, 2016

 

New legislation means more flexibility for childminders

 

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New Inspection Judgements from September 2015

December 11th, 2015

New Inspection Judgements for Childminders

 

New eBook available to download for members at www.thechildmindingcafe.co.uk  – Completing your Self-Evaluation Form (2015) our guide to completing Ofsted’s Self Evaluation.

 

From September 2015 all providers including childminders must comply with the new inspection framework.  There will be four graded judgements – as there are now – and these will be applied across all settings through the introduction of the Common Inspection Framework. This framework will be supported by individual handbooks addressing the characteristics of each of the following sectors: maintained schools, further education and skills, non-association independent schools and early years.

The four graded judgement areas will be:

  • effectiveness of leadership and management
  • personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • teaching, learning and assessment
  • outcomes for children and learners

Greater emphasis will be placed on safeguarding and the curriculum.

Please note: Although information may suggest that inspections in the future will be shorter (this only applies to schools and further education establishments.  Therefore, Ofsted do not intend to introduce shorter inspections for early years providers including childminders.

What does the new inspection framework mean for childminders?

I suspect you already practice to the highest standards to meet requirements set; however, some changes in the way you present your evidence and making various amendments may be required once you assess what you already have in place.

The format of the day will largely depend on the areas of focus but inevitably safeguarding, the curriculum, behaviour, outcomes for children and the quality of teaching will all be explored.

How can I prepare for this? What is the inspector looking for?

You can access the document “Early Years Inspection Handbook” this became available from September 2015 (150068), Ofsted 2015.  This will provide information on everything you need to know to help you prepare for your inspection.

This also can be an excellent tool to use as a self reflection exercise to prepare for your inspection.   By using the Grade Descriptors and asking yourself questions such as “am I/are we doing this? How am I doing this? What evidence can I display to support what I am doing? Are you exceeding the criteria are there areas for improvement to ensure I reach that level.  Using both this guidance and your self evaluation form will help improve your practice and prepare you in advance for your inspection.

It is good practice to always include the views of parents and carers, detailing what do they think about your provision?  Also consider what children like about the care they receive? Perhaps seek feedback from other childminders or assistants that you may work with or have engagement with.

Methods of support that may be available for you to seek additional assistance with your self-evaluation may include:

  • Local Authority quality improvement schemes
  • Childminding Networks
  • A reflective diary
  • Parent Questionnaires
  • Child Questionnaires
  • A professional development plan
  • Evaluating your training course – consider what impact they have on your practice.
  • Network meetings to share ideas of best practice with others

Tip:  We suggest revisiting your last inspection report to remind yourself of any previous actions or recommendations.  The inspector will be looking for evidence to support your action plan and may ask question to assess how you have addressed those actions and recommendations since your last inspection.

Having all your documentation and supporting evidence already prepared in one place around your due inspection will allow the inspector to proceed with the inspection allowing you to carry out your daily routine and not interfere with interacting with your children.

Also available to download:  Guidance to help you complete your Ofsted Self Evaluation Form

Sources:

Ofsted: “Early years inspection handbook” (ref: 150068). Crown copyright 2015

Ofsted: “Early years self-evaluation form guidance” (ref:120342). Crown copyright 2015

Ofsted: The common inspection framework: education, skills and early years: (ref: 150065). Crown copyright 2015 

 

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Working with assistant childminders

November 23rd, 2015

Guide to working with assistant childminders

Introduction

When considering working with or employing assistants to care for children within your business, we suggest developing an appropriate childminder assistant pack that may help you organise your paperwork and build a more effective working environment.

Points to remember when planning to work with assistants:

Being the registered childminder means you are the main carer for all children within your setting.  You will be accountable for them and would need to supervise the work any assistants do.  If agreements have been made by Ofsted in advance permission may be allowed for assistants to work alone for short periods of time.

Although you are entitled to have more than one assistant, you must have no more than three people in any one day caring for the children within your setting.

Guidance for steps to be taken:

EYFS Suitable PersonAll childminders/assistants must be suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles and understand what their responsibilities are.  Complete effective checks to ensure assistants are suitable for the role; see (CR3.1).

Ofsted EY2 FormIf you work with or employ assistants you must complete a Declaration and Consent form for each individual – The law states that all childminders must inform Ofsted about any planned arrangements including their name and address of any assistants before employing or using them (Ofsted, 2012).

Recruitment Procedures – Vigorous recruitment procedures must be undertaken, these include: an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (this can be obtained through Ofsted, a charge of £44.00 is usually expected for these checks).  Two relevant references will be required, a full breakdown of employment history, undertake relevant interviews and may be required to obtain medical information.

Employment – Provide a clear job description which detail their roles and responsibilities, a contract with a written statement of the main terms and conditions of employment (include hours of work, salary and holiday entitlement).  Explain with assistants any sickness pay, annual leave and disciplinary policy and procedures that you have in place.

Supervision – (The EYFS SF, 3.41) states that you are accountable for and must supervise the quality of the work of any assistants, and must be satisfied that they are competent in the areas of work they undertake.  Childminders can leave assistants alone with children for up to 2 hours in any one day; this can only be undertaken with written signed parental permission prior to the care being given.  However, if assistants are left in sole charge of children, no more than six children must be under eight and only three of those children can be in the Early Years age group, only one child must be under one.  You must ensure staff to child ratio is met within current standards set at all times.

Age of assistants – Assistants aged 17 years of age can be included in the ratios set within the Early Years Register and assistants aged 18 and over for the Childcare Register.

Additional Children Working with more than one assistant may allow you to increase the number of children you care for.  The maximum number must not exceed six children under the age of eight for each adult.  Some restrictions may apply and limit your ratios dependent on the space available within your setting and further restrictions that may have been imposed by Ofsted.  It may be necessary to apply for planning permission to run your business from home, you must ensure adequate furniture and equipment is readily available to accommodate additional children.  Consider any changes will enable you to deliver effective learning and development requirements of the EYFS to all children attending your setting.

Make sure you have informed your insurance company of any changes, and you must by law hold a relevant in-date employers liability certificate to cover assistants working within your setting.

Good Practice

Although no requirement has been set within the EYFS to carry out appraisals with your assistants or volunteers that may work with you, it is good practice to provide ongoing meetings to discuss how your progress is with those working with you.  Developing a portfolio for both the childminder and assistants is a positive way to set realistic goals for your growing business.   In addition, having to hand a clear portfolio will support your ongoing self evaluation and help inspectors make judgments in the following areas “Effectiveness of leadership and management” for example: will demonstrate your ability to improve staff  practice performance management and appropriate training needs.

Questions you may ask consider asking your assistant during your appraisals:

  • What communicating methods do you use to ensure you work in partnership?
  • Do you feel you have any personal strengths and/or weaknesses?
  • Have you identified any areas of improvement since your last meeting/appraisal? (if already undertaken)
  • Do you have any concerns that may affect your daily practice?
  • Are you facing any difficult challenges in your work at present?

Our new resource “Childminding Assistant Portfolio Summary guide” will be available for members to access or download from the 1st December 2015. The document gives excellent ideas for childminders who would like to build a portfolio for childminding assistants.  This will be a valuable resource to demonstrate your professionalism and reflect on your provision.

Thanks for reading

Donna

Sources:

Requirements of the Childcare Register.  Childminders and home childcarers. August 2014, No: 080161

www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/080161

 

 

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Child Car Seat or Booster Seat: What the Law says

November 12th, 2015

 

Are you aware of the rules that apply to safeguarding children in travelling vehicles?

GOV.UK state that all children travelling in cars must be restrained in appropriate car seats dependant on their age, height and/or weight dependant on the individual seats.  It is important that all childminders are aware of the changes to legislation.

Children must use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first.

Only EU-approved car seats can be used in the UK.  These will have a label on the seat showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle.

Children’s car seats can be chosen based on the height or weight of the child you care for.

Height Based car seats – these are known as ‘i-Size’ seats and must be only used rear-facing until the child you care for is over 15 months old.  Only after reaching 15 months old can a child be placed forward-facing in a car seat.

It is your responsibility to check the seat to make certain it is suitable for the height of your child.

Weight Based car seats – these car seats must be rear-facing until a child weighs more than 9kg (equal to 19.8 lbs).

Once a child reaches the appropriate weight you may use a seat for a child forward-facing if you choose (dependant on the way the seat can be used and the way a child must be restrained in it) depending on their weight.

There is more than one type of car seat to choose from:

Child’s Weight                        Car Seat

0kg to 25kg                                    Rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat using a harness

9kg to 18kg                                     Rear or Forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield

15kg to 36kg                                   Forward-facing child seat (High-backed booster seat) using a seatbelt

Over 22kg                                       Booster cushion

You can find information on how to choose a car seat and travel safely with children in cars at http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/choosing-using

Fitting a child car seat:

You must only use a child car seat if your car seat belt has a diagonal strap, or otherwise

  • Specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt
  • Fitted using ISOFIX anchor points

You must also:

  • Deactivate any front airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat
  • Not fit a child car seat in side-facing seats

Children with disabilities   

The same rules apply for children you care for who have disabilities unless it is advised by a doctor to say that they are exempt on medical grounds.  Children can use a disabled person’s seat belt or child restraint designed for their individual needs.

When can a Child travel without a car seat?

In some circumstances a child is allowed to travel without a car seat

  • When travelling in a taxi or minicab (private hire vehicles)

In a licensed taxi or minicab

  • Children under 3 years of age are allowed to travel without a child’s car seat or seat belt, they must be accompanied only on the back seat
  • Children aged 3 years and over can travel without a child’s car seat if they wear an adult seat belt

Minibuses, coaches and vans

 Minibus or coach drivers and companies are not required to provide child car seats.  As a child carer it is

your responsibility to provide your own if you want to make sure a child has one.

  • Children can travel without a car seat or seat belt, if they are not available on a coach.
  • The rules for travelling with a child in a van are the same as those for cars.

Unexpected Journeys

If a correct child seat is not available, a child aged 3 years of age can use an adult seat belt if the journey is all of the following:

  • Unexpected
  • Necessary
  • Over a short distance

Please note you cannot take a child under 3 in a vehicle without a seat belt or the correct child car seat (except travelling in a taxi or minicab.

No room for a third child seat

Children under 3 years of age must be in a child car seat.  If no room is available for a third child seat in the back of the vehicle, the child must travel in the front seat with the correct child seat.

Children over 3 can sit in the back using an adult belt.

Vehicles without seat belts

Children under 3 years of age must be in a child car seat.  If a seat belt is not available the child cannot travel.

A child over 3 years can travel in the back seat without a car seat and without a seat belt if the vehicle does not provide any restraints.

Remember keep your child safe at all times, check your children’s restraints on every journey!

Thanks for reading

Donna

Sources:

GOV.UK

Car seats: the law

RoSPA 2014

Department for Transport.

 

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