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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.
This means that you will now be inspected on how well you are implementing the EYFS. If you are new to childminding then this framework will help you to develop your understanding of how best to work with children and will be the basis of your knowledge. If you are an already established childminder then you will have been working along similar lines in the past but will now be working with one broad ranging document.
The EYFS is a detailed and paperwork heavy framework but it does provide you with lots of information on how children develop, how you can help them and what you can do to improve your practice. For more information about the EYFS open the Ofsted Information page.
Tips for Preparing for your Inspection
If you would like more help then take a look at the Inspection Support Programme available through the Croydon Childminding Team. Click this link for more information on how they can help you.
Ofsted have published a vital document called Are You Ready for Your Inspection.
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