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Getting Ready for your OFSTED Inspection

The Early Years Foundation Stage which was introduced in November 2008 has now set the standard for childcare providers across the industry. The EYFS brings together a range of previous legislation which included Curriculum Guidance for Foundation Stage (2000), Birth to Three Matters (2002) and the National Standards for Under 8’s Daycare and Childminding (2003). All early years providers are now required to use the EYFS. This helps to ensure that parents can be confident that their child will receive the same development opportunities no matter what option they choose.

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Guidance on Policies & Procedures

As a childminder you will need to have policies in place to show both parents and Ofsted that you understand your responsibilities. There are many policies that you can write but there are key ones which you must have. A procedure is different and involves you clearly stating what you will do in a specific event – such as a lost child, administering medication or if a child is not collected at the end of the day.

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What is a Risk Assessment?

A risk assessment identifies potential hazards in your home if you’re a childminder. It is a legal requirement and you need to be able to show that you are aware of any risks and that you have plans in place to control and minimise these risks.


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