This year’s National Childminding Week is 16 to 23 June 2007 with the theme "Supporting
We would very much like to hear from any childminders, whether in Bromley or from
around the country, on how you are planning on celebrating National Childminding
week, so that we can include them on our ideas page. Email us at email@example.com
On this page we aim to provide you with a few ideas on how you could celebrate National
Childminding Week in your own setting and promote the flexible and unique role a
Childminder plays in supporting the minded child and their family.
If you have planned /held a special event, why not inform the local press and even
send them a photograph (with parental permission)
Hold a special picnic lunch or tea. Invite all your families to attend a special
picnic lunch or tea so that they can spend time with you and see how the children
interact with you and each other. Consider holding the event at a weekend so that
working parents are more likeley to be available. Maybe widen the invitation to the
child's extended family to include grandparents etc. Involve the children in helping
to make the invitations, table decorations and preparing the food. Even very young
children enjoy helping to make sandwiches.
You could join up with other local Childminders to organise a bigger event and hold
it in the local park. This would be a great opportunity for your minded parents to
meet up with your emergency cover or holiday cover and their children, providing
them with greater reassurance.
School/Pre-school Display Join up with other local Childminders and ask if you can
organise a small display in your local school or pre-school about Childminding and
the services that you are able to offer. You may also be able to have a stall at
the school’s summer fair to promote Childminding as a quality form of childcare.
Contact Bromley Early Years to ask if you can borrow one of their display boards
and if they have any promotional material you can use. The NCMA and BCMA also have
promotional material available on request.
Parent's Support Pack Put together an information pack for parents. This could include
details of local toddler groups (available from the CIS) activities for children,
local shops and restaurants that you have found child friendly, contact details of
local support services etc. You might also include a brochure on your service, policies
and documentation. Include a sheet with your contact details on it and ask them to
pass it on to any families looking for childcare.
Ask the parents Do you ever ask the parents what they think about the service you
are providing? The BCMA website has sample parental questionnaires available to download,
but we have written a new one based on how we support parents, especially for National
Childminding Week. Download Supporting Parents Questionnaire
Travelling Teddies Introduce activities into your practice that involve parents and
support them in helping their child to learn and develop. Travelling teddies is an
excellent way of involving parents see our Travelling Teddies Page
Father’s Day Don't forgot to use Father's day as an opportunity to show your minded
Dad's that they are valued. Help the children to make cards and small gifts to give
to their dads. If you need help with writing a poem for inside the card:
Daddy, I love you For all that you do. I'll kiss you and hug you 'Cause you love me,
You feed me and need me To teach you to play, So smile 'cause I love you On this Father's