Childminder Pages

On this page you will find:-


Suggestions for Continual Professional Developement


Additional online training


Other Links

Continual Professional Development (CPD)

Observing, Planning and Tracking Children's Progress


Relevant for anyone that works with children in the EYFS age range.  Practitioners need to understand the Ofsted requirements for monitoring and tracking the progress of children and how to implement next steps with confidence.

Under Section 1 of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Guidance you need to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences. You should be able to identify, observe and plan the stages of development for each child in the 7 areas of learning and development, including the 17 early learning goals and how to discuss with parents or carers if there is a cause for concern.


Fig Childcare Training offer this course on a regular basis, the next one will be taking place in TBA April 10am to 1pm


Prevent Duty and British Values


When people talk about ‘Prevent Duty’ they are referring to Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which obliges authorities including schools, colleges, universities and those providing childcare to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.


The government states that the Prevent Duty is designed to:
‘Deal with all forms of terrorism and with non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists then exploit. It also made clear that preventing people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism requires challenge to extremist ideas where they are used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups. And the strategy also means intervening to stop people moving from extremist (albeit legal) groups into terrorist-related activity.’


The government defines ‘extremism’ as -

‘Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.’


What is my role as a Childminder?

The link below to the foundation years website will give you guidance on how  to interpret Fundamental British Values in the early years and how that will be reflected by Ofsted in inspection.
The Prevent Duty Guidance can be found here -


Safeguarding Children and Child Protection


Childminders can often feel isolated when dealing with the safeguarding and welfare of children in their care.  Bromley Childminders are currently required to renew their safeguarding training every 2 years.


It is essential that you know what procedures to follow if you are worried that a child is being abused. You need to be able to implement the latest guidance from Section 3 of the EYFS, which includes identifying signs of possible abuse and responding appropriately.


One-day Saturday training courses are regularly available from Fig Childcare Training making this essential course accessible to childminders.  The trainer is NSPCC and WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) trained. The next available course from Fig Childcare Training will  take place on Saturday TBA March 2018 10am - 2pm. Please visit their website for further details.


Self Evaluation Forms (SEF)


Whilst this is not mandatory it has become clear that a SEF is a fantastic tool when you have an Ofsted inspection due.  Your Ofsted inspector will use your self-evaluation form to plan for inspection.  This can be very useful to both parties and can help reduce the amount of time the inspector spends with you.  It will provide evidence of the quality of your provision.


Even if you choose not to submit a SEF to Ofsted, to self-evaluate your practice is an invaluable way of looking at your main strengths.  It will highlight any areas for improvement and help you put together an achieveable and realistic plan of improvements identified.


It can be used as a reminder of training that needs updating or as a wish list of things you would like to do and a date by which you would like to achieve this.


The SEF is in two parts:

Part A being setting details and views of those who use and work with you and part B being the quality and standards of the early years provision. 


The workshop is designed to firstly ensure you are able to successfully complete a SEF.  This document becomes a tool for improvement and assists with CPD and any future Ofsted inspections.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information on a SEF workshop please email


Additional online training

CEOP's Thinkuknow and the NSPCC developed this training to provide an improved understanding of the risks children face online and guidance on policies and procedures to protect and support children.


Channel programme focusing on support at an early stage for people  identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Includes:

  • identifying individuals at risk
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned


Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM. Free online safeguarding training course


Keep Them Safe Protecting Children from Child Sexual Exploitation free course


Food Standard Agency's Food Allergy online Training



Other Links

Keeping Children Safe -The Underwear Rule - Talking Pants


EYFS Revision - April 2017

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The best start in life, a manifesto for physical activity in the early years​

Manifesto for Physical Activity in the Early Years
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Working in Partnership with Parents

Working in Partnership with Parents - A good practice guide from Havering London Borough
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Communication Skills - Good Practice example

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What's on at your local Children's Library


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