"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." Charles R. Swindoll, Evangelical Christian pastor
Below you will find a list of further policies in alphabetical order. I ask all parents/guardians to complete a Parent Signature Form to confirm they have read and fully understood the following childminder policies:
1. Accident and Incidents Policy
2. Additional Needs Policy
3. Admissions Policy
4. Alcohol & Drugs Policy
5. Allegations Of Abuse Policy
6. Anti-Bullying Policy
7. Behaviour Policy
8. British Values Policy
9. Care, Learning and Play Policy
10. Complaints Procedure Policy
11. Confidentiality Policy
12. Dental Hygiene Policy
13. Equal Opportunities Policy
14. Extreme Weather Policy
15. Fire & Emergency Evacuation Procedure Policy
16. First Aid Policy
17. Food Hygiene Policy
18. Garden Play and Equipment Policy
19. Head Lice Policy
20. Health and Safety Policy
21. Healthy Eating Policy
22. Hygiene Policy
23. Information Sharing
24. Internet Safety Policy
25. Language Policy
26. Late Payment Of Fees Policy
27. Lost / Missing Child Policy
28. Medicines Policy
29. Mobile Phone and Camera Policy
30. Nappy, Potty & Toilet Training Policy
31. Observations Policy
32. Other Adults in My Home
33. Pet Policy
34. Prevent Duty Policy
35. Raising Concerns Policy
36. Risk Assessment Policy
37. Safeguarding Children Policy
38. Safety On Outings Policy
39. Settling in Policy
40. Sickness Policy
41. Sleeping Policy
42. Smoking Policy
43. Suitable Person Policy
44. Sun Protection Policy
45. Swimming Policy
46. Transition Policy
47. Transporting Children By Car Policy
48. Uncollected Child Policy
49. Visitors in my home Policy
50. Working In Partnership with Parents Policy
51. Working with other settings policy
Any revisions made to these policies or any new policies made, will require parents to re-sign/sign to show understanding of them.
Alcohol & Drugs Policy
To ensure that I or any staff within my setting are alert to any dangers and able to protect your child, we must not be under the influence of alcohol or any form of drugs (including some prescription medications).
If I or any other staff are prescribed medication, other than routine antibiotics I will inform OFSTED who will make a decision as to whether we can continue to care for your child whilst taking the prescribed medication.
I or any other staff with in the setting will not drink any alcohol during working hours or immediately before.
Allegations of Abuse Against a Childminder Policy
As a childminder working in isolation, I recognise I can be vulnerable to allegations of abuse being made against myself, family, or any other person registered to look after children on my premises, I have the following procedure to reduce this.
I will document every accident and incident that occurs to every child in my care, ensuring parents are informed and requested to sign the accident record.
Request that parents inform me of any accident, injury or mark on their child as they arrive which has occurred in their parents/alternative care.
I will ensure all children will be supervised at all times
I will ensure all visitors sign a visitors book and record details of their visit
I will ensure visitors do not have any unsupervised contact with any child under any circumstances
All household members over 16 have a current DBS check
I will endeavour to make any appointments for repairs etc. or outside of my working hours, if this is not possible then children will be separated from any area being used by workers
If an allegation of child abuse is made, I will:
Inform OFSTED (within 14 days of the allegation being made) – 0300 123 1231
Inform my childcare improvement officer
Inform Morton Michel
Take legal advice
In the result of an allegation I will write an accurate and detailed report on any incident/ accident including conversations times and dates.
After seeking advice/approval from Morton Michel I will any witnesses (if there were any) to also write a statement detailing the incident they witnessed and giving their contact details in case it needs to be followed up by the authorities.
I do not permit any form of bullying in my home, bullying can be:
Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, biting, etc.
Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, rumour spreading and teasing
Emotional: excluding, ridicule, humiliation, tormenting
Racist: taunts, graffiti, gestures
In order for children to fell valued in my setting and to enjoy their time here, it is important that everyone understands my rules regarding bullying. I will NOT tolerate:
Name calling and verbal abuse
Physical attacks of any kind
Racial or discriminatory remarks
Exclusion of one child by another
If I have concerns that your child is benign bullied at nursery, school or is bullying another child or other children, I will discuss this with you immediately. I will work with you to support your child to resolve the problem.
If your child is being bullied, I will:
Take what he/she tells me seriously and never ridicule their predicament
Tell him/her that I care about them and so everything I can to help sort things out
Reassure him/her that they are not to blame
Help him/her feel valued whist in my care by giving them responsibilities and asking them to help me
Help him/her feel good about themselves via positive praise and encouragement
If your child is bullying, I will:
Reassure him/her that I still care about them and it is their behaviour I don’t like and I will do everything I can to help him/her change this behaviour and to find ways to make amends for his/her behaviour
Develop a reward system to promote good behaviour
Discuss the matter with you but not in front of your child, to see if we can figure out what, if anything, has triggered the bullying behaviour.
If you have any concerns about your child or the behaviour of other children in my care, please discuss these concerns with me (but not in front of the children) immediately.
Promoting positive behaviour is very important and I do this by:
Giving lots of praise for good behaviour
Giving the children individual attention so they feel valued
Setting a good example, being a good role model
Listening to what the children have to say
Rewarding good behaviour (choosing next activity etc.)
Using a good behaviour chart
Giving children certificates for good behaviour, sharing etc.
I help the children understand my house rules, which are realistic and I am consistent in the enforcing of them. I do not give out confusing signals, saying no means no!
I am aware of the different reasons why children misbehave and will endeavour to keep to routines so that your child feels safe and is not over tired or hungry.
However, all children will misbehave at some time. I have developed several different strategies on how to deal with a child misbehaving and use different ones depending on the age/stage of ability of the child and the situation:
Distraction. Remove the child from the situation and give them an alternative activity.
Ignore. Depending on the situation I may ignore the bad behaviour as I feel it is being done to get a reaction.
Discuss with Child. If the child is able to understand I will discuss their behaviour and try and get them to appreciate the consequences of their actions on others. I inform that that it is their behaviour that I do not like not them.
Time Out. Removing the child from the activity and sitting them quietly for a few minutes
Removal of treats.
I will never smack, shake or hurt your child. I will not humiliate your child.
If a child misbehaves I will let you know by either writing it in their daily diary or by ringing you later after collection. Some children can become upset if the incident is retold in front of them. I will also inform you of how the matter was dealt with. In most cases the matter will not require any further action, punishing a child hours after an incident achieves nothing but confusion and upset.
There may be times when I will need to physically intervene or restrain a child to prevent or stop an incident taking place, this could be when a child is, has or is about to scratch, bite or hit another child or run into the road etc.
I will explain to the child, according to their age and understanding that their actions are unacceptable behaviour. For younger children, this may be by my tone of voice and facial expressions rather than lots of words.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s behaviour, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is important that we work together on behaviour in order not to confuse your child.
British Values Policy
The DfE has recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all childcare settings to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At my setting these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
I listen to children’s and parents’ voice. My behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.
The Rule of Law:
I consistently reinforce my high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Within my setting, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an early years setting I educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.
Part of my behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and children are modelled this by caring, sharing and listening to others. I help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
I aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events.
Complaints procedure Policy
As a registered childminder, I aim to work in close partnership with all parents, to meet the needs of their children.
If there are any aspects of my service you are not happy with, please bring it to my attention. This would probably be verbally and every effort will be made to resolve the issue through frank and open discussion. If you prefer, you can put the complaint formally in writing or, by email to me.
My email address is:
I have a mandatory duty to investigate all complaints.
Depending on the nature of the complaint, I will investigate it myself or it will be passed on to Ofsted to investigate.
Complaints will be treated sensitively. You will be notified of the outcome and receive a copy of any written records regarding the complaint within 28 days.
If the complaint cannot be resolved or if the complaint is of a serious nature and you feel you cannot discuss it with me, you should contact Ofsted on 0300 123 4666.
All information on children and their families is kept securely and treated in confidence. Information will only be shared if the parent/carers give their permission or there appears to be a child protection issue.
All details will be kept confidential and records kept secure. The details are easily accessible if any information is required for inspection by Ofsted.
All parents receive a copy of my policies and procedures, which detail how I run my setting.
I maintain a record of parent(s) and/or emergency contact details, the contact details of the child's GP and appropriate signed consent forms.
If a child is identified as a child in need (section 17 of the Children Act 1989) I will, normally with the parents’ permission, give appropriate information to referring agencies.
I expect parents to inform me of any changes in the child's home circumstances, care arrangements, or any other changes which may affect the child's behaviour, such as divorce, new baby, bereavement etc.
All information shared will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed without parents’ consent, except as required by law, for example, there appears to be a child protection issue. Please see my Safeguarding Policy.
Ofsted may require to see my records at any time.
Parents have a right to inspect all records about their child at any time.
All accidents are recorded in an accident record book. All accidents and injuries will be reported to the company providing my public liability policy, however trivial, to enable a claim number to be allocated.
As I use the Morton Michel liability insurance.
All significant incidents are recorded in an incident book and will be shared and discussed with parents so that together we can work to resolve issues.
You will also find out confidential information about my family and myself during the course of our working relationship, and I would be grateful if you too would respect my families’ confidentiality and not repeat what you may have been told to other parties.
This is the basis of a professional and trustful relationship to enable your child to thrive in my care.
Dental Hygiene Policy
Recent research shows that 38% of five year olds in england had experienced tooth decay.
As an OFSTED registered childminder I am very aware of the need to follow good oral hygiene pracitces and to avoid food and drink with high sugar content.
I am happy to support you in trainng your child to clean their teeth regularly by helping him/her clean their teeth afer meals whilst in my care. suitable toothbrush, toothpaste and small plastic beaker. These will be stored in my downstairs toilet and I will help you child clean his/her teeth regularly. I will advive you when the tiithpase is running low or the brush needs replaing.
I also ensure that the children in my care are not given food containing high levels of sugar. I do not permit fizzy drinks. I will work with you to encourage your child to drink from a beaker or training cup rather than a bottle with a teat.
Equal Opportunities Policy
I give all children in my care the opportunity to reach their full potential. Sometimes this means adapting an activity to the child’s ability and stage of development, providing additional resources or giving one child more attention and support than others during a particular activity or routine.
All children in my care are given the opportunity to play with all the toys (subject to health and safety with children under 3 years of age). No toys are just for girls or just for boys. I try to ensure my toys reflect positive images of children and people from different cultures and with different abilities. I have toys and resources that challenge stereotypical ideas on what careers are open to men and women.
No child in my care will be discriminated against in anyway, whether for their skin colour, culture, gender, ability or religion. I will challenge any remarks that I feel are inappropriate.
I encourage the children in my care to learn more about their own culture and to find out about the culture and religions of other children. We do in this in a fun way through sharing books, colouring sheets, cooking and eating food from around the world and celebrating special festivals. I provide resources such as woks and chopsticks, dressing up clothes and multicultural skin tone crayons and pencils.
I encourage the children to develop a healthy respect of each other’s differences and to value everyone as an individual.
I encourage Parents to share with us any festivals, special occasions or artefacts, which may enhance the children’s learning and understanding.
I am aware that some children may have additional needs and to be proactive in ensuring that appropriate action is taken when a child is identified as having additional needs or starts in my care. I must promote the welfare and development of the child n partnership with parents and other relevant agencies.
I have, therefore, put the following procedures in place:
If I think a child in my care has an additional need I will:
Keep observational notes
Share these with the child’s parents
Discuss what support is available
Keep all matter confidential
If I am caring for a child with additional needs I will include them by:
Valuing and acknowledging children’s individuality and help them feel good about themselves
Seek information from parents about the child’s routines, likes and dislikes
Adapting activities to enable children with additional needs to take part
Arrange access to specialist equipment if needed
Consider and risk factors
Encourage children’s confidence and independence
I will work in partnership with parents and discuss:
Agencies that are also involved in the child’s support and care
Equipment the child may need
Advice or support that will help me to provide the best care possible for their child.
I will consider how I can ensure the privacy of a child with additional needs whilst continuing to supervise other children in my care.
Extreme Weather Policy
This policy highlights my plans should any extreme weather conditions occur in our area:
In extreme weather conditions then I will risk assess the situation and discuss concerns with parents before taking children out. Sometimes it may be necessary, for example to collect other minded children from school.
If I deem it unsafe to drive, then I will not be driving. If this happens then we will be walking all school runs. Therefore, I will be requesting all children come suitably dressed and wearing wellies.
If schools remain open then I am happy to collect/drop off, however if I deem it too unsafe to drive or walk the journey or detrimental to other children in my care, then I will be asking you to make other arrangements for collection/drop off for your child/ren.
Outings will remain limited during periods of bad weather however I will make sure that there are plenty of indoor activities available and will take advantage of any safe opportunities to play outside in the snow.
If there is heavy snow, then I will discuss with parents about taking the children out in it to play. There are many learning opportunities from playing in the snow, from construction (building a snowman or igloo), science (snow and ice melting in changing temperatures) to physical exercise. The children will need to be correctly clothed for the snow, boots, coat, scarf, gloves etc. They will be closely supervised at all times and we will come back indoors if any of the children are unhappy or feeling cold.
If I make the decision to not collect or drop off, then you will not be charged.
If schools are closed or you are unable to get to work and you do not require childcare you will be charged half your contracted hours/fee for that day/period. However any parents who do not inform me/give me reasonable notice of this, will be charged full fee.
If schools are closed and you require childcare for the full day, fees will be at your usual hourly rate.
If you drop your school age child off in the morning and their school then closes you will be charged your usual hourly rate until you are able to collect them.
If you are running late to pick up due to bad weather you will not be charged late fees, however your usual hourly rate will apply if pick up is delayed by 15 or more minutes.
If you arrange a later drop off due to bad weather full fee will still apply.
Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedure Policy
In order to keep the children and myself safe I have the following procedure in place to evacuate my home in the event of an emergency.
This may be as a result of a fire, flooding, gas leak, terrorist attack or national emergency etc.
The children will regularly practice the evacuation procedure with me so they will not be alarmed in the event of the situation being real. Practices will be carried out on different days of the week to ensure all children practice and the details recorded in the evacuation log.
Sound the alarm (shoutin Fire Fire)
Evacuate the children using the safest and nearest exit available (Babies and toddlers will be carried to safety)
Take: my phone if possible
Assemble in a safe place (far away from the fire)
Contact the emergency services
Comfort and reassure the children
Contact Parents/Carers of the children
Arrange a safe place for the children to stay until parents can collect them
Follow the instructions of the Emergency Services
Do not return to the building until the Emergency Services have declared it safe to do so
Smoke detectors are fitted in my setting and are regularly tested, maintained.
I have access to a telephone and fire blanket that would only be used if a fire were preventing escape from the setting.
If a smoke detector sounds or a fire is detected, the priority is to evacuate the children from the building.
I have a fire escape plan in place, and older children are all trained and we practice our fire drill regularly, details of each fire drill is recorded on the fire drill sheet. We would assemble at the front of the building at a safe distance and check that everyone is accounted for. We will then notify the fire brigade.
Parents or their emergency contacts would be contacted as soon as practical to arrange collection of the children and if necessary we would take refuge in a close by family or friend’s home until collection is possible.
If we are away from the setting and involved or caught up in an incident / emergency. I will comply fully with the instructions from the emergency services and constantly reassure the children in my care.
I understand that during major incidents / emergencies the mobile phone networks are often not available and even landlines can be cancelled to free up communication systems for the emergency services. I will, however, attempt to contact you on a regular basis and ask that you try to so the same.
I will keep up to date on the situation using and media source available to me, radio, television, internet etc. I will endeavour to protect your child from information that may alarm or distress them. If you wish we can have a pre-planned excuse that I can use to explain your delay in arriving.
If you are caught up in an incident / emergency I will continue to look after your child until you are able to return or a person nominated is able to collect them.
First Aid Policy
I hold a current first aid certificate which is updated every three years. The first aid qualification includes relevant first aid training for infants and young children.
My first aid kit:
Has appropriate content to meet the needs of the children. I regularly check the first aid kit and it is easily accessible to myself but is kept out of the way of children.
At the time of staring with me, written permission for emergency medical advice or treatment is sought. Parents must sign and date their written approval. I will administer a plaster to a clean cut or graze if appropriate.
Food Hygiene Policy
I do not provide dinners for your children as in the past I have found that what one child likes another may not. This has led to making individual dinners in the past which I do not have the time to do and look after your children at the same time. I ask you to provide a packed lunch or if you wish your child to have a hot dinner then I do not mind re-heating something up in the microwave. I do provide breakfast and a late afternoon snack to tied your child over until they can have their tea with you at home.
Pets will be kept out of the food preparation area at all times. I have a shih Tzu dog named scrap who is a family pet and will make sure he does not gain access to the area when children are eating. All work surfaces and cooking utensils have been thoroughly cleaned before any food preparation or food handling takes place.
Baby changing facilities will not be near food preparation areas.
Laundry will not be carried out during times of food preparation and any soiled clothing or detergents will not come into contact with food preparation areas.
If there is an outbreak of food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after on my premises I will notify OFSTED as soon as possible but definitely within 14 days of the incident occurring in order to comply with regulations.
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Garden Play and Equipment Policy
It is well known that exercise is vital to aid the physical development o young children and to encourage them to continue a healthy lifestyle into their adult years.
As an OFSTED registered childminder, I encourage the children in my care to join in all sorts of different physical activities and provide a range of resources to make it fun and enjoyable.
In my garden, I have a range of large outdoor equipment whilst this provides lots of opportunities for developing new physical skills and enjoyment it also brings danger. Children need to learn about danger and risk taking, however in order to make my garden a safe environment and to reduce the risk of possible accidents I have put the following procedures in place:
All minded children will be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
Children will be taught the dangers of the equipment in a way that is suitable for their stage of development and understanding.
Children will be encouraged to take turns and share equipment.
The equipment will be checked/cleaned before use for animal faeces.
The equipment will be checked for wear and tear/damage regularly and withdrawn from use if faulty.
Children will be encouraged to participate but will not be made to do any activity that they are uncomfortable with, for example the climbing frame.
Sandpits – provide great play and learning opportunities, however, they can also pose several health and safety risks.
I will only use sand that is suitable for play and purchased from a recognised source.
I will regularly ensure the sand is changed; in between I will sieve for foreign bodies and rinse trough with diluted sterilising agent if applicable. Toxoplasmosis can be spread rom cats to humans through dirty sandpits. Toxoplasmosis can harm an unborn child, but is usually a mild illness in children and adults. It causes a rash, swollen glands, fever and feeling unwell.
I will ensure the sandpit has adequate drainage to prevent the sand from becoming water logged. Insects can live in damp sand an may bite or sting children.
I will dispose of spilt sand.
I will ensure the sandpit is covered to prevent it being used as a litter tray by cats and other visitors to the garden.
I will ensure that the children are closely supervised whilst playing in the sandpit.
I will teach them about keeping the sand low to avoid it getting in their own and others eyes.
If you would like your child to wear a hat whilst playing in the sand, then please let me know.
Footwear: children will need to wear supportive footwear Children may need to be encouraged to wear trainers for skipping if their outdoor shoes are not considered to be safe.
Clothing: Sensible, loose fitting clothing which allows free movement of the legs and arms.
Weather conditions: certain wet conditions or very hot weather may be considered unsafe.
Fluid intake: this is particularly important in warm weather conditions to avoid dehydration and prevent the body from overheating. Children are not as efficient as adults in controlling their body temperature.
Rope length: for individual skipping, when children stand in the middle of the rope and pull the handles upwards, the rope handles should reach the armpits. They can be shortened by tying knots at each end just below the handles.
Inappropriate use of the ropes: children need to be made fully aware of the possible dangers of not using the ropes appropriately and correctly. In some cases, adult supervision may be necessary.
Paddling pools: Children can have great fun using a paddling pool and it can also support their development in a variety of ways. However, there are safety issues when children can play with water and I have therefore put the following procedures in place:
Children will never be left unsupervised in the water.
If a child needs the toilet, then all children will come out of the pool and come inside with me.
If the doorbell rings again all the children will come out of the pool and come inside with me.
I will take my phone outside with me
I will take enough towels and spare clothes outside
The pool will be immediately emptied when not in use
The pool will be refilled each day when in use
I will support the children to learn about water safety
I will never make a child go into the pool if they don’t want to but will provide activities they can do in the pool area
I request that parents inform me I their child has a verruca on their foot so measures can be put in place to prevent them from spreading.
If toddlers and babies are in nappies I will request parents provide some form of swimming nappy to prevent the pool from becoming contaminated
Emergency procedures are in place and I will maintain my first aid certificate.
Head Lice Policy
Head lice can affect people from any socio-economic background and ethnicity and do not imply lack of hygiene or cleanliness of the infested person.
In order to try and prevent other children becoming infected I have put together the following procedure. I hope that as parents you too will work with me to prevent and treat the spread of head lice.
No child will be excluded from my care because they have head lice and I ask that all children and parents are sensitive and understanding towards the child. It is not their fault they have head lice.
Request that all children with long hair wear their hair up to prevent the spread of head lice
Request that parents check their children’s hair once a week with special head lice comb to aid early detection
Request that parent inform me immediately if they have discovered that their child has head lice
I will inform all parents using my service if a child has head lice but I will not say who to respect confidentiality
I will assist in the prevention of head lice by ensuring children only use their own hairbrushes and combs and that the play dressing up hats are regularly cleaned.
Health & Safety Policy
Documented below are the following procedures that I have in place to support health & Safety:
All toys will be checked and cleaned regularly to ensure they are safe for your child to use. Any broken or hazardous toys will be removed immediately. Children will only be offered toys and resources that are suitable for their age/stage of development.
I do a quick risk assessment of my home every morning before the children arrive to ensure that it is a safe environment for minded children
All equipment will be checked and cleaned regularly. All equipment is fitted with the correct safety harness to prevent accidents, for example highchairs and pushchairs.
Car seats are regularly checked to ensure they are correctly fitted. I will never us a second-hand car seat as I do not know its history.
My car is regularly serviced and MOT. I keep the safety lock on the back doors working. My car insurance is for business use.
I use safety equipment suitable for the children in my care, i.e. stair gate, cupboard locks etc. These are checked regularly.
I will keep my front door locked to prevent children opening the door to strangers.
I have procedures in place in the event of a fire (see separate policy)
I keep my kitchen clean, following food hygiene guidelines on the storing of food, keeping the fridge at the correct temperature etc.
I ensure that the children do not access to any waste, the bins are emptied daily and any used nappies are double wrapped and placed in the outdoor rubbish bin.
I do not permit smoking in my home (see separate policy)
I have strict child protection guidelines in place (see separate policy)
Children must stay with me when we are away from the home. Younger children will be strapped in a pushchair, older children will either be on a harness or wrist strap, or holding on to my hand / pushchair.
I have emergency contact details with me at all times should I need to contact the parents.
I will work with you to teach the children about safety issues like crossing the road and stranger danger.
I will work with you to teach the children about making healthy food choices and physical exercise.
Sleeping children will be regularly monitored and I use a baby monitor as well.
I discourage the children from keeping ‘secrets’
I will restrain a child if they are putting themselves or others in danger, for example running into a road.
If you have any concerns regarding the health and safety of your child, please discuss them with me.
Healthy Eating Policy
A good balanced diet is vital for children to develop healthily along with fresh air and regular exercise.
I am happy to provide all children in my care with healthy snacks and drinks, or reheat and serve food provided by their parents.
If you want to supply food for your child for consumption on the premises, you must be aware of food hygiene when preparing packed lunches or snacks. This includes checking dates for consumption of both dried and perishable foods, and correct storage of food items when sent to the setting.
As consumption of all food on my premises, inclusive of packed lunches sent by parents, is ultimately my responsibility, the following must be observed at all times:
Any perishable foods inclusive of dairy and meat products must be identified and labelled with your child’s name. These will then be stored in the refrigerator until required.
Any food not consumed by your child will be discarded on the same day, subject to conditions below:
Any out of date foods will not be given to your child, as they cannot be stored on the premises, the will be discarded and you will be informed.
Babies formula milk needs to be provided in clean bottles.
I will record what your child has eaten and approximate amounts in their daily diary. If you have any concerns regarding diet/menu/quantity please do not hesitate to discuss it with me.
I am happy to support you if you are weaning your baby and have experience in Baby Led Weaning.
I do not permit children to have fizzy drinks, unless it is a special occasion and parents have given permission. Children are offered water, milk or fruit juices.
I do not encourage children to eat sweets on a regular basis, however I do sometimes offer sweets for special occasions. Please let me know what, if any sweets you permit your child to eat.
It is very important to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses that hygiene procedures are in place and strictly adhered to.
Children are encouraged to wash their hands after going to the toilet, touching animals and playing outside. They must also wash their hands before eating any meals or snacks.
I will assist the children in hand washing, ensuring that they are washing and drying them correctly.
I will provide each child with a clean face towel in the bathroom each day.
I am happy to help children to clean their teeth after meals if you provide me with a toothbrush and paste.
I will assist children with wiping their noses when they have colds and try to teach them how to blow their noses. I will explain to them the importance of safely throwing away dirty tissues to prevent the spread of germs. I will also encourage them to put their hand over their mouths when they cough.
I will not mind a child who has had an upset stomach eg diarrhea or sickness in the last 24 hours.
I will disinfect my changing mat between each change of a child’s nappy.
In order for me to carry out these procedures effectively I will need you to provide me with enough resources, for example nappies, labelled cream, spare clothes for the children etc. I also request that you let me know if your child is feeling or has been unwell or given any reducing fever medicine before they arrived.
As a childminder, it is a requirement under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to work in partnership with other settings.
This will require me with your permission to share your child’s development with other settings that your child or children are attending or about to attend. This is so we can work together to support your child’s learning in the five outcomes and seven areas of learning in the EYFS. I will share, with your permission, the children’s learning activities that I also share with you, and the other setting/s will do the same. This will help us all build a wider picture of how your child is developing.
It will be really useful if you can let me know which setting/s that your child also attends and their contact details and your child’s key person so I can contact them.
Also at some point your child will need to transfer to school or maybe to a different setting. I would like to make this as smooth as possible. I can do this with your help by contacting the school or setting and we can work together, exchange information, dates and times and arrange visits so they can be co-ordinated accordingly.
Internet Safety Policy
The internet is an incredible resource for children to access, support for their homework, chatting to friends etc., but it can also be a very dangerous place for them. They can be exposed to inappropriate material, harassment and bullying, viruses and hackers and be conned into giving away personal & financial information. They can also be vulnerable to on-line grooming by paedophiles.
As a childminder, I offer children the opportunity to use the computer and internet; however, I have introduced a range of procedures to protect their safety –
I have filter on my computer that blocks out most inappropriate material
I do not permit children to go onto chat rooms
I check the children’s emails to ensure that they are not being bullied or sending anything inappropriate
I talk to the children about the websites they are using
I am always nearby so can keep an eye out on what websites they are I check the history on the computer regularly
I discuss with the children about the importance of keeping safe online, not forwarding on chain letters, not talking to people they don’t know, not giving out personal information that could enable people to identify them, to tell me if they are worried about anything and to never arrange to meet anyone they have spoken to online.
The children are only allowed to use the webcam under supervision
If you would rather your child was not allowed access to the internet, please let me know.
I am also aware of the need to limit the time children spend on computers and will develop strategies that they spend a balance of time engaged in ICT and other activities.
Lost/Missing Child Policy
The care of your child is paramount and I will always try to ensure that they remain with me and are safe. However sometimes children can become ‘lost’ in busy places and therefore as a responsible childminder I have written a procedure that will be followed in the unlikely event of this happening.
I will immediately raise the alarm to all around me that I have lost a child and enlist the help of everyone to look for them.
If it is a secure area such as a shopping centre, I will quickly alert the security staff so they can seal off exits and monitor the situation on any CCTV.
I will provide everyone involved in the search with a description of the child.
I will reassure the other children with me, as they may be distressed.
I will then alert the police and provide a full description.
I will then alert the parents of the situation.
I take precautions to avoid situations like this happening by implementing the following measures:
Ensuring the children hold my hand or the pushchair whilst we are out.
Avoid going to places that are overcrowded.
On outings children wear wristbands with my mobile number on.
I teach the children about the dangers of wandering off and of talking to strangers
This policy applies to children who use English as a second language.
I have made a commitment to value the language and cultures of all children in my care.
I will endeavour to promote a positive attitude towards bilingualism and provide opportunities for the development of the child’s home language and also promote a child’s learning of the English language while understanding that children learning a second language may need time to become familiar with words before they begin to use them. I will include activities and stories which include repetition of key words and phrases, objects, pictures and puppets. I will respect and value every child’s first language and will endeavour to include activities to promote this.
I am happy to give your child non-prescribed medication, such as cough mixture, Calpol or Nurofen, teething gel etc., but only if you have signed a parental permission form for me to do so.
A full list of every non-prescribed medication I have in my setting and that may be given to your child is listed within the parental permission form.
This permission form will be regularly reviewed to ensure that there are no changes, for example a child may no longer be able to take some medication or may need an additional form.
It is vital that you inform me of any medication you may have given your child before they arrive into my care. I need to know what medicine they have had the dose and time given.
I will ensure that all medication given to me will be stored correctly and I will check that it is still within its expiry date.
If your child has acute allergies and carries/needs an EpiPen or your child takes regular medication, please discuss the matter with me. I will need you to sign and additional permission form before I can administer this medication to your child.
In some cases, a child on antibiotics may be asked not to attend or 2-3 days in case they react to the medication and to prevent the spread of an infection to others, I will follow guidance set out by the HPA where they detail the most common infectious diseases and the recommended periods for which children should be kept away from school or nursery.
All medicines given to me to administer must be in their original bottle/container and not decanted. It must have the manufacturers guidelines on it and if prescription medication the details from the doctor / pharmacy / dentist or health professional.
Mobile Phone & Camera Policy
For children’s learning journals, I need to take photos as evidence of what you child has been doing I may also use photos for display purposes or advertising. I will seek permission from you to enable me to take photos I may take photos on my mobile phone or on a camera, I will always try to use my camera but a child may do something amazing or significant and I may only have my phone at the time. I will not let the use of my mobile phone affect the care I give to your child and will only check for texts once an hour and only then if it is appropriate to do so, so please do not become concerned if I do not reply to your text message immediately.
Photos will remain the property of you and your child, and will not be kept once your child leaves my care, unless prior agreement on each separate photo is agreed with you.
I will not keep images on my phone or camera, I will upload to my computer all photos from my mobile phone and camera weekly and once they are uploaded they will be removed from the device. It is an offence for me to distribute or publish any images of children without the parents’ consent.
I will always explain to your child why I am taking the picture and make sure that it clearly depicts the background of the room or the place visited.
I will make sure I am always able to justify the reason for taking all photos and be prepared to explain my reasons for taking a photo if challenged by Ofsted, or a parent or anyone as part of an investigation should this arise.
I will always make sure your child/ren are appropriately dressed in photos, for example if using paddling pools make sure they are wearing swimsuits or trunks.
Nappy, Potty & Toilet Training Policy
I am happy to accept babies and children in nappies. I will need you to provide me with the following:
Any cream that you use on your child
I will provide a changing mat, which will be wiped over with disinfectant between each use and nappy sacks for the disposal of used nappies. I will always use plastic gloves when changing your child’s nappy to reduce risk. If your child is allergic to these please let me know.
I am happy to take a child in real/cloth nappies.
I will change your child regularly and immediately if they have a soiled nappy. I believe that changing a nappy should provide lots of opportunity to communicate with your child and as their understanding grows provide time to discuss basic hygiene issues, preparing for potty training.
When your child starts to show signs that they are becoming aware of their bodily functions I will arrange a convenient time to meet with you and discuss your plans on potty/toilet training your child. It is unusual for a child to be ready to be potty trained much before their second birthday and for some children it can be a lot later. Please do not be concerned if your child shows no signs of being ready yet. It is very important that we work together to potty train your child and pick a suitable time to do it, when we can both dedicate time.
If we start the training and your child is not ready, then we can stop and start again when they are. Some children wake to potty training overnight, for some it is a longer process, the most important thing is that we work together to give your child the support and reassurance they need during this period. I will provide you with daily feedback on how we are progressing with the training.
In order to help your child, become independent in going to the toilet I can provide the following equipment:
Toilet trainer seat
Steps for the toilet and wash basin
Potty training colouring sheets
Books on Potty Training
Please let me know if you wish to discuss your child’s potty training.
I will carry out brief, sensitive observations on your child to fulfil the legal requirements of the EYFS. They will not intrude on your child’s time with me and will mostly be notes which I will write up later and may also include photographs or tick lists.
Carrying out observations will help me assess your child’s achievements, interests and learning styles. I will use this information to plan future activities for your child to enjoy and develop new skills.
To aid me with this I request you provide a reasonable level of detail on the ‘All About Me’ form to provide a baseline for me to base my observations on.
I will summarise my observations and discus them with you at the end of every term or more frequently if you have specific concerns or requests.
All information about your child, including any photographs I take to plot your child’s learning, are only made for personal use and will remain confidential. You are welcome to see copies if any of my observations.
I request you sign a form giving me permission to carry out any record observations on your child. I also ask that you please sign the permission to take photographs form.
Please let me know whether you wish me to inform you of milestone achievements, such as baby’s first steps.
Other Adults In My Home
There are other adults in the house:
My grown up children, husband and mother have undergone Disclosure Barring Service check and received clearance. If this was not the case I would not be permitted to childmind or they would not be able to be on the premises during the time the children were here. Copies of their DBS are held in a file if you wish to see them.
My family are very supportive of my chosen career as a childminder. They may occasionally have time off work and be home when I am minding, they all interact well with the children. The children get to know them and become confident around them and often have a good relationship with my family feeling part of it.
Although all my family have been cleared and thoroughly checked to be suitable to be near young children, I would like to reassure you that at no time is anyone, other than myself, allowed to help the children with their intimate care, i.e. nappy changing and toileting, nor will anyone be left alone with the children. This is to protect your child and to protect my family from any possible allegations of abuse.
I believe that children can learn a lot from having contact with animals, however certain procedures must be followed to ensure the safety of children:
Children must be encouraged to treat all animals with respect, learning how to handle them correctly.
Children must wash their hands after any contact with animals and understand the reasoning behind this.
Children must be taught that not all animals are child friendly and that they should always check with the animal’s owner before attempting to stroke or handle them.
Food for the pets must be stored safely away from the children’s reach.
A high standard of hygiene must be followed, with careful thought given to the placing of the feeding and drink bowls of dogs and cats.
The garden must be checked every morning, before the children are permitted outside to play, to ensure that no animal has fouled in it.
I have the current pets in my setting:
14 year old Shih Tzu
Prevent Duty Policy
I am committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children.
The Prevent Duty From 1st July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
This duty is known as the Prevent duty. I take Safeguarding very seriously, therefore to ensure that I adhere to and achieve the Prevent duty I will;
undertake appropriate training as soon as possible. Part of this training will enable me to identify children who may be at risk of radicalisation I will build the children’s resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views (for early years’ providers the statutory framework for the EYFS sets standards for learning, development and care for children from 0-5, thereby assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world).
I will assess the risk, by means of a formal risk assessment, of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology. I will ensure that I understand the risks so that I can respond in an appropriate and proportionate way. I will be aware of the online risk of radicalisation through the use of social media and the internet. As with managing other safeguarding risks, I will be alert to changes in children’s behaviour which could indicate that they may be in need of help or protection (children at risk of radicalisation may display different signs or seek to hide their views).
I will not carry out unnecessary intrusion into family life but I will take action when I observe behaviour of concern.
I will work in partnership with our LSCB for guidance and support.
I will build up an effective engagement with parents/carers and families. (This is important as they are in a key position to spot signs of radicalisation).
I will assist and advise families who raise concerns with me. It is important to assist and advise families who raise concerns and be able to point them to the right support mechanisms.
I will ensure that I undertake Prevent awareness training (as a minimum) so that I can offer advice and support to other members of staff.
I will ensure that any resources used are age appropriate for the children in my care.
This Policy is intended to serve as a guidance for myself to recognise the signs of those who are at risk and also to inform parents of my legal requirement to put this policy into operation.
The prevent of duty care policy is part of our wider safeguarding duties in keeping children safe from harm, and this policy reinforces our existing duties by spreading understanding of the prevention of radicalisation.
I must be able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.
There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to a terrorist ideology, but I should be alert to changes in children’s behaviour, including even very young children, which could indicate they may be in need of help or protection.
These behaviours can be evident during circle time, Role play activities and quiet times. Quiet times is a good time for children to make disclosures as this is the period that children are closest myself.
People from any walks of life can be drawn into radicalisation and not necessarily from a particular religion or ethnicity.
Terrorism is not promoted by any religion.
The Prevent duty does not require myself to carry out unnecessary intrusion into family life but I am required to take action when I observe behaviour of concern.
There is certain terminology used by Muslim families such as, Inshallah, alhumdillah, marshallah, allah ho akbar. These phrases are not an indication of any form of radicalisation. (This is worth mentioning as it is one of the concerns from the muslim community).
Peoples dress codes like hijabs, nikabs, abayas and jilbabs are not indicative factors that they are at risk of being radicalised.
What to do if you suspect that children are at the risk of radicalisation –
Follow the normal Safeguarding Procedures.
In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent lead who
can also provide support.
Also contact the local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They will then talk in confidence about the concerns and help to access support and advice.
The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff to raise concerns relating to
extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the
helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident, in
which case the normal emergency emergency procedures should be followed
Raising Concerns Policy
I want to ensure that your child is cared for correctly and that you are confident in my abilities and the abilities of my assistant(s) and students that may attend the setting.
It is, therefore, vital that we have a transparent culture within my childcare setting where everyone fells able to raise any concerns they may have.
If an assistant has any concerns regarding the way children are being cared for, concerns regarding the practice of myself or any other assistant then they must report them.
All concerns raised will be taken seriously and fully investigated.
If an assistant feels unable to discuss the matter with me then they should refer the matter to OFSTED directly.
Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns they may have regarding their child’s care with me. Alternatively, they are able to discuss them with OFSTED. Please see complaints policy.
Risk Assessment Policy
The EYFS requires me to conduct risk assessments and review them on a regular basis.
I check my home every morning before the minded children arrive to ensure that it is a safe environment for the children to play in. I also risk assess any environment that I take the children into, for example walking to the shops, library and toddler groups etc. If I am planning to take the children into environments that are unknown to me I try to do a risk assessment in advance so I am aware of any potential hazards, although this may not always be possible.
I record my assessments on sheets and these are stored in a file. These documents are available for any parent to see on request as well as OFSTED.
Safety on Outings Policy
When taking children on Outings it is essential that proper planning is done to ensure the safety and welfare of all children involved.
I obtain written parental permission for all routine and special outings.
I will make sure the children are suitably dressed for the weather and their comfort and that their ability to walk there and back is not over estimated.
If appropriate sunscreen will be applied before the outing and taken with us. For children in buggies sunshades will be used. Care will be taken to plan the outing in advance making sure the venue has suitable rain cover or shade.
I ensure that I take with me everything I need, emergency contact cards for the children, first aid kit, nappies and changing bag (if required), spare clothes, mobile phone, drinks and a healthy snack, AA membership and money.
I have developed plans on what to do in the event of an emergency. I carry a contact card for each child, providing a photograph of them, their name and an emergency contact name and number. I have also a card on me that explains that I am a registered childminder.
I will endeavour to organise outings to fit in with the needs of the children, and ensure I have the necessary equipment and resources to keep them safe. These include car seats for all children up to 4 feet 5 inches tall, pushchairs and harnesses.
On walking trips walking children will be taught to hold onto the side of the buggy. All children will be reminded about road safety before the outing and this will be emphasised throughout the trip.
In all trips in the car I will ensure each child is securely strapped into their car seat and that the maximum number of passengers for the care is never exceeded.
I will ensure that the car is properly maintained with a current MOT certificate, Tax and insurance. I will never leave your child unattended
I appreciate that as a working parent you need to be able to go to work, however if your child is unwell the they will be better cared for in their own home with their parent/s or carer/s. I am happy to care for children with minor coughs and colds but will not care for children who are very unwell, infectious or running a high temperature. I have to go out each day to do school and pre-school runs and need to consider the welfare of all children in my care.
As set by the HPA, if your child has had diarrhoea or sickness in the last 48 hours please do not bring them in, but call and let me know.
If your child becomes ill whilst in my care, I will make them as comfortable as possible, isolate them from the other children if necessary and reassure them. I will contact you immediately and continue to care for your child until you arrive.
I am happy to administer medication, please see my Medicine Policy.
I am happy to work when I have minor ailments such as colds etc. However, I will not work if I have sickness or diarrhoea or any other highly contagious infection. Continuing to work would only result in further spreading of the infection and I would be unable to provide your child with the care they deserve.
If I am unable to work on a contracted day, I will make contact with you the night before or on the morning as early as possible to advise you that I will be unable to care for your child, if you require emergency childcare please discuss this with me and I can provide you the details of my emergency cover or make childcare arrangements for you.
I will also contact you if one of my own children is not well, inform you of the illness/symptoms and if I am able to work. This then allows you to make an informed decision as to whether to bring your child or not, if you require emergency childcare please discuss this with me and I can provide you the details of my emergency cover or make childcare arrangements for you.
I will discuss with you in detail the sleep routines you have established or your baby and how I can best accommodate them into my own routine and working day as I may have school runs and preschool pickups to include. These discussions will need to be ongoing as the sleep needs of your baby will change as s/he grows and develops.
As a working parent, you too need your sleep so it is vital that I work in partnership with you to provide a sleep routine for your child that fits your requirements. I will need to know how many naps your child normally has, for how long and at what times during the day.
When is, the latest I can let your child sleep until without it affecting their night-time routine?
Do you want me to wake your baby after a certain length of time or can I let him/her sleep on?
What routine do you have to settle your child?
Do they have a dummy or comforter?
Where does your baby prefer to sleep?
I will regularly check your baby when s/he is sleeping, both in person and by using a baby monitor. I will note these and the total time slept in your child’s daily diary.
If you ever have any concerns over your child’s sleeping routine, please do discuss them with me and we can make arrangements to change time etc. if necessary.
I will ensure the children and babies are comfortable when going to sleep by,
Clean dry nappy
Remove any bib they may be wearing
They are in a quiet environment
They have the appropriate clothing or covers to suit the weather
They have their own special comforter if necessary
They are sleeping either in a travel cot, pram with restraints or on cushions on the floor
Sleeping babies and toddlers will be left with the monitor on. They will be checked in person or on the monitor every 15minutes.
In accordance with the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements I have a no smoking policy in my home.
No one is permitted to smoke in my home.
I will not take the children into smoky environments and will avoid places that permit smoking wherever possible.
Suitable Person Policy
I will tell OFSTED about any changes to my personal circumstances or to adults living or working on my premises.
I will also inform OFSTED of any matter which may affect their suitability.
In order to fulfill OFSTED requirements as a registed childminder I have:
Attended relevant 12 hour pardiatric first aid training course and maintained that training a EYS requirements (every 3 years)
Attended the childminder’s pre-registration course
Undergone a DBS check and my husband has completed a DBS too.
Undergone an OFSTED inspection as required
Paid the OFSTED registration fee and will continue to do so
Have undergone a relevant medical assessment
Have my level 3 childcare qualification and keep up to date with any changes to the EYFS
I have and will maintain an up to date knowledge of relevant child welfare information.
I have undertaken safeguarding children training
I have undertaken CAF training
Undergo continued professional development to maintain my suitability to practice and keep up to date with current practices. I will work within the EYFS framework at all times.
Undertake any specialist training required in order to accommodate any child’s individual needs.
Continue to adhere to OFSTED requirements and that of the Children Act
Ensure no child in my care is exposed to person/s that I do not consider suitable.
No child in my care will be left unattended with a person who is not vetted, except in an emergency situation
Display my up to date OFSTED registration certificate
Sun Protection Policy
The damaging effects of exposure to the sun on young skinhave recently been well documented. I will do everything I can, to ensure that your child is protected by working in partnership with you, providing an environment that enable children to stay safe in the sun and teaching children about sun safety to increase knowledge an influence behaviour.
I will need you to provide me with:
Sun Cream suitable for your child (higher than factor 15+)
Sun Hat (preferably a legionnaires hat to protect the neck)
A thin top/cardigan/t-shirt with long sleeves
I will ensure that your child uses the sun cream that you have provided and wears the hat. I will also avoid spending prolonged periods o time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, and when out will try and protect your child by finding shady areas and using a sunshade on the pushchair. I will encocurage your child to drink water regularly to prevent dehydration. Babies will always be kept out of direct sunlight.
You will be sent a letter reminding you of the sun protection policy and how you can help during the summer months. The letter will also ask you to give your consent for the application of sunscreen to your child during their time with me as necessary, and you will be asked to provide your chosen sunscreen factor 15+ to be kept at the setting, clearly named.
Swimming Pool Policy
Swimming is arguably one of the best the best forms of exercise:
Swimming is a workout for the whole body and uses all major muscle groups
Keeps lungs and heart healthy and joints flexible
Less stressful on joints and muscles than other forms of exercise
Boost strength, stamina and suppleness
Excellent calorie burner and an excellent form of cardio vascular exercise
Sociable and fun!
However as a Registered Childminder I must ensure that all activities are as safe as possible for the children in my care. I have therefore put the following procedures in place:
I will follow the guidelines of the pool+ regarding the ratio of children to responsible adult.
I will be in the pool at all times with the children.
All non-swimmers must remain in the shallow end of the pool and wear armbands or a life vest.
Children will only be taken swimming once their parents have signed a swimming consent form
Children will be closely supervised in the changing rooms.
If you have any concerns regarding this policy please do not hesitate to contact me.
As an Ofsted Registered Childminder working to the Early Years Foundation Stage, I am very aware of the need to support both children and their families during the transition to another setting.
This could be a child leaving my care to attend full day care or to start pre-school/ school. I will support them by:
Discussing the transition with parents and plan how together, we can support their child to make the change.
When a child is in transition I will:
This may involve visits to the setting, looking at books, dressing up the school uniform, talking to them about the setting and the new routines, answering any questions they may have and listening to their concerns.
As required by the local authority I will also complete a transition form for your child, which will go to the other setting stating information regarding sage of development based on the EYFS framework. All information will be shared with yourselves.
If your child is starting nursery and I am providing the wrap around care, I will make every effort to work with the other setting so we can link planning and activities into each own setting to extend your child’s learning where possible.
Transporting Children By Car
The safety of your child is paramount and I have therefore put together the following procedures regarding the transportation of children in my car.
I have a full, clean driving licence, which is available for you to see on request.
My car as full MOT and is fully insured and serviced regularly.
I will ensure it is covered by business use car insurance and the certificate is available for you to see.
If I need to fill my car with diesel I will make sure I do ths outside of my minded hours.
I will ensure all car seats are correctly fitted, age and stage appropriate for the children using them and comply with the law and that children are correctly strapped into them. I will ensure that the child safety locks are in use on my car.
I will always carry a mobile telephone with me in case of an emergency but will not answer it whilst driving. I will return calls on my return.
I will always carry identification for me and the minded children in case of an emergency I will always carry a first aid kit in the car in case of emergency.
I will never leave a child unattended in a car.
I will teach your child about the dangers of cars and roads, in an age appropriate way.
It may not be suitable to go in the car depending on how many children I have but my house is within walking distance to the shops and certain schools etc., so we would walk on certain occasions.
I will advise you in advance if we are making any special trips or long trips in the car.
If you child suffers from travel sickness please let me know immediately.
Uncollected Child Policy
Obviously, things happen at the last minute which can cause delays; wherever possible please telephone me to let me know when you expect to arrive. If your child is not collected at the agreed time, I will of course continue to care for your child, however late collection fees will be applied to this overtime period. If you are more than 30 minutes late and have not contacted me I will use the emergency contact numbers you have provided to attempt to contact you, or if I cannot contact you then I will attempt to contact one of the persons you have authorised to collect your child.
If I am unable to make arrangements for either your or your emergency contacts to collect your child within a reasonable time and you still have not contacted me then I will contact both the police and social services and follow their advice.
Visitors In My Home
As an OFSTED registered childminder, I am very aware of my role in keeping your child safe. Whilst children need to mix with other children and adults it is my responsibility to ensure the suitability of those that they come into contact with during minded hours.
Any regular visitors to my setting will be asked to complete an EY2 form and then undertake a DBS check.
I will not leave a minded child in a room alone with a visitor, unless I know they have been DBS cleared, for example another OFSTED registered childminder.
I will not allow any visitors to take my minded children to the toilet or change their nappies.
I will request identification from all visitors not known to me and will refuse entry if I am unsure of them.
I will endeavour, when possible to arrange for any maintenance work to my property to be carried out at weekends and during non-minding hours.
I will maintain a visitors book which is available for you to look at.
Working In Partnership With Parents Policy
It is very important for your child that we work in partnership. This will give your child continuity of care and (s)he will not become confused with different standards of behaviour and boundaries.
As parents, you are the central adults in your child’s life and the ones making decisions on their behalf. I will endeavour to work closely with you in order to carry out your wishes for your child whenever I can. It is, therefore important that we have an excellent communication system.
I appreciate that as a working parent you will be in a rush to go to work in the mornings and in the evenings, you may well be tired and need to go as quickly as possible, so I use daily diaries for additional communication with you.
I will complete this each day and it will include what your child has eaten, sleeps, activities, nappies, milestones achieved etc. I would request that you read this each day and advise me of anything that may be important for me to know, i.e.: if your child has had a disturbed sleep, is not feeling well or any other piece of information that may help me to provide them with the best care I can. I am always happy to discuss your child and their care with you at a time that is convenient to us both, whether in person or over the phone.
I would also appreciate it if you could inform me if there are any changes to contact numbers for yourselves, including work and mobile numbers and those of your emergency contacts.
As your child grows and develops issues will crop up that are very important for us to discuss in order that we can work together and your wishes be incorporated into my care routine for your child. These could include weaning, potty training, managing behaviour, starting (pre-)school etc.
If you wish me to incorporate a special activity into my routine, perhaps a festival or religious holiday that you celebrate please let me know.
If I have concerns about your child’s behaviour, development, eating etc. I will share them with you and if necessary work with you to seek support from outside agencies.
Working with other settings
As an Ofsted Registered Childminder working to the Early Years Foundation Stage, I will work with any other settings that your child/children attend, for example, nursery/school, to ensure partnership working.
I will, with your written permission, discuss with the other setting what activities they are currently planning for your child and link this into my own planning. This will extend their understanding and learning. I will make available to the setting the child’s “learning Journey” and ask to see theirs. I will do this on a regular basis, as I believe this is something that is worthy of celebrating. This will enable us to work as a team and provide continuity for your child’s development.