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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.

It is also best practice to have permission from parents in advance of things that you will regularly do. Outings, travelling by car/public transport or seeking emergency treatment are things it is best to have agreement for in advance. This also includes taking photos of the children in your care. Some parents do not like you taking photos but if you would like to take some for your observations then gaining their permission and making it clear you will not share the photos is vital.

We would not advise you to find someone else’s policy, print it and show it to people as your own as there might be areas in it that you do not follow. A parent or Ofsted Inspector will expect you to demonstrate that you follow your policy. Sample policies to download are available to CCMA members and can be used as a starting point and as a guide on what needs to be included.

Below is a list of policies you should have and procedures and permissions which are important.


  • Safeguarding Children
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Behaviour
  • Food
  • Complaints
  • Confidentiality
  • Illness & Infections
  • Smoking


  • Settling In/Leaving
  • Administering Medication
  • Lost Child
  • Uncollected Child

Permission Forms

  • Transport
  • Seeking emergency medical attention
  • Outings
  • Photographs
  • Data

If you're struggling to write your policies and procedures, we would advise you to book onto a policies and procedures training.

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