Author Archives: Amanda

About Amanda

I am a member of the Childminding Café team

The Integrated Review

Introducing the new Integrated Review Introduction For the past few years you may have been carrying out the Progress Check at Age 2 for the toddlers that you care for. From this September local authorities, health visitors and early years practitioners are expected to come together to replace this with an integrated health and early education review. It […]

Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values There is now a steer for early years providers to promote British values. In this blog we look at this steer and what promoting British values means. The requirement The promotion of British values is stated in a number of Ofsted and Government documents, for example: In the new Common inspection framework: education, skills […]

Ofsted inspection notifications

Notification of Ofsted Inspections for childminders Previously childminders have had up to 5 days notification of an inspection, the new guidance in the common inspection framework suggests that this has now been changed to “The setting will normally receive a telephone call at or just after midday on the working day before the start of […]

Ofsted inspection changes – the new Early Years Inspection Handbook

 Changes to Ofsted Early Years Inspections The Early Years Handbook From September 2015, there is a new Early Years Handbook that describes the main activities Ofsted inspectors should undertake when they conduct early years inspections. It replaces previous documents ‘Conducting early years inspections’ and ‘Evaluation schedule for inspections of early years provision’. The Handbook fits […]

Is a child in you care starting school in September?

Hi everyone, It is likely that many of you will have children in your setting that will be moving on to school in September and you may be thinking about how you can support the child to make the transition as seamless as possible. You may well have already set the foundations, but if not […]