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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 11th September 2010

Bromley Early Years - Childminder Forum

For more information please click here.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 11th September 2010

Job adverts

Childminding Network Development Co-ordinators and a finance assistant for Bromley Mencap. Click for more information.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 3rd October 2009

NCMA NEWSLETTERS

To view the NCMA’s recent e-newsletters click here.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 3rd October 2009

Do you help your afterschool children with their spellings?

DCSF have now produced a downloadable publication to support teachers and parents with teaching children to spell.

The National Strategies has produced the Support for Spelling support materials to help primary schools improve the teaching of spelling. The materials are aligned to the Letters and Sounds materials produced for Early Years and KS1 for the teaching of phonics and early spelling, and will therefore support teachers in ensuring progression in spelling and in the direct teaching of spelling from KS1 into KS2.

For download options follow the link http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction=downloadoptions&PageMode=spectrum&ProductId=DCSF-00171-2009&

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 3rd October 2009

Ofsted’s October Newsletter

To view this newsletter and others view this link

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 17th October 2009

THE PROVIDERS FORUM

To view information about the providers forum to be held in October click here. Also click here to download a code of practice document on entitlement for 3- 4 year old funding.

 

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NEWS ITEM PULISHED 5th November 2009

Care for diabetic children

An article is being written for a childcare magazine, aimed at giving practical tips to childminders who care for diabetic children. The deadline is November 20th, and Dawn would love to speak to a childminder who has had experience of this. If you are interested please contact Dawn on dfpapc@aol.com

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 5th November 2009

NCMA newsletter

To view the NCMA’s October addition click here. You can also sign up to receive

their monthly emails on their website.  

 

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NEWS  ITEM PUBLISHED 14th September 2009

Nominate friends and family for a new kitchen!

An advertising campaign for Ikea is looking for real people to surprise with a brand new kitchen, based around our Croydon Ikea branch.
As it has to be a surprise, they are looking for people to nominate a friend or family member who they think really deserves this, whilst keeping it a secret from them.
It would be great for this wonderful opportunity to go to a really deserving person so do want to nominate their friends or colleagues?
For more information, send your details to us Monkey Kingdom, along with the home town/city of the nominee (they are unfortunately restricted to those living within or near the M25) to
kitchen@monkeykingdom.com or call 0207 749 3143 or download leaflet.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 8TH December 2009

Safer Food, better business for childminders
The Food Standards Agency has produced a 48 page pack of information that covers key hygiene issues as well as how to work with children with food allergies
The book can be downloaded
http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/sfbbcmcomplete.pdf

or you can email for a copy foodstandards@ecgroup.co.uk

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 8TH December 2009

DCSF Consultation
DCSF are consulting on the issue of reciprocal childcare arrangements between friends. This was an issue that BCMA flagged up to both the NCMA and Ofsted a few months ago with regard to a website advertising reciprocal childcare.
Visit www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 8TH December 2009

Information Sharing
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/strategy/deliveringservices1/informationsharing/informationsharing/?cidm=booklet
DCSF have produced guidance and supporting materials to help practitioners make decisions about information sharing.
These can be downloaded from the link or a copy can be ordered.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 9th January 2010

Bromley Mencap Childminding Networks

I am very pleased to say that Bromley Mencap Childminding Networks have been assessed and re-approved as NCMA ‘Children Come First’ Quality Assured Networks from September 2009 – 2012.

As part of the assessment the NCMA assessor selected at random 2 of our lovely Childminders to visit with me to chat about their practice and the network.  The remainder of the time she spent at Bromley Mencap with me looking through my files and monitoring my paperwork!  She left mid-afternoon stating that she had had “a lovely day”.

The Bromley Mencap Childminding Network provides a service for children with learning disabilities.  Registered childminders offer a service that reflects the differing needs of the families and children who use it.  Children are carefully matched with the childminders who have undertaken specialist training to be able to care for them.

If you are interested in joining or knowing more about the Network please contact me at Bromley Mencap:  020 8466 0790 or email carol.harris@bromleymencap.org

Carol Harris - Bromley Mencap Childminding Network Coordinator

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 9th January 2010

Free training for childminders

To view information click here

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 17th January 2010

Useful website

http://nurturestore.co.uk/ has been recommended by a childminder, with many ideas including craft suggestions.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 24th January 2010

Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 9th February 2010

European Safer Internet Day (SID) is supported by countries throughout Europe and during the week, a range of activities will be taking place across the continent to help protect young people online. The theme for SID10 is ‘Think Before You Post’ and we hope to make the whole week (from Monday 8th February – Friday 12th February 2010) a week of action in the UK.

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/saferinternetdayuk/

Why not use this day to look at how you keep children in your care safe on the internet. Maybe time to write a policy, chat with the children and look at some related safety websites. Links to the Every Child Matters Outcome, Stay Safe, and the EYFS Welfare Requirement, Safeguarding and promoting children's welfare.

 

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 21st February 2010

NCMA Newsletter

To view the latest NCMA newsletter click here. You can also sign up for regular updates from the Association by signing up on their website.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 21st February 2010

NEW PAGE!

There is now a page all about Bromley Mencap.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 4th March 2010

NCMA’s latest newsletter

To view February’s edition click here

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 23rd March 2010

NCMA’s manifesto

The NCMA have launched their manifesto for the forthcoming general election. Follow the links for further information

 http://www.ncma.org.uk/pdf/manifesto_v5_small.pdf 

http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/991657/?DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletin

 

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 23rd March 2010

Reciprocal Childcare

A while back we highlighed concerns about websites that were promoting un registered reciprocal childcare. Ofsted have now made it clear their policy on the matter:

 http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/991251/?DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletin

http://www.ncma.org.uk/news_and_events/news/january_to_june_2010/reciprocal_childcare_ruling.aspx

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 22nd April 2010

NCMA Newsletter

To view the NCMA’s latest newsletter, please click here. Or to find out more information about how to receive news letters from the NCMA, click here.  

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 22nd April 2010

NVQ level 3

To find out more information about doing an NVQ level 3 at Orpington College, please click here.

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th June 2010

Factsheet on Number and Ages Childminders may care for-clairifies position of caring for 4 year olds before and after school 

Click here to view the web link

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th June 2010

Ofsted Newsletter

Read the latest newsletter to keep up to speed on developments in inspection and regulation, put the best of good practice in context, take part in consultations and choose from their latest published findings.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th June 2010

NCMA Newsletter

To view the NCMA’s latest newsletter and other recent publications click here.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th June 2010

Available Job

Bromley Mencap are currently looking to extend their team and are therefore advertising a part time post for a Childminding Network Development Worker. Click here to view the advert.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th June 2010

National Childminding Week:

June 12th - 19th at Gambado's Beckenham

Why not celebrate this occasion by paying Gambado’s a visit. All childminders will receive free entry into Gambado and all children for only £5. Please bring your registered ID and quote Mary Poppins at reception to receive this offer.
Read more at the netmums webiste
 

 

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 12th October 2010

NCMA newsletter

The latest NCMA newsletter has recently been published, this can be accessed with all their other issues on their website.

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 12th October 2010

New web page!

BCMA’s new web page is about a new software system called ‘Baby’s Days’. To view please click here.

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 17th October 2010

Congratulations! Bromley Childminders are still top of the local league table!

 Ofsted's latest figures on childminders' inspections carried out since the introduction of EYFS on 1st September 2008 until 30 June 2010, published by Ofsted at the end of July 2010, show that more Bromley Childminders are Outstanding or Good than all the local boroughs!

 From the 208 childminders inspected, 51 were graded Outstanding and a further 137 good.

 

If you would like to access the details of any local authority then visit the Ofsted website

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 16th November 2010

Important Notice about Childminder Drop In Groups

Princes Plain Childminder Drop In Group at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Church Lane, Bromley CommonPlease note that the above Drop In Group will not run until further notice due to health and safety issues. Bromley Council  hope to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 16th November 2010

NCMA Newsletter

The latest NCMA newsletter, is available on their website along with all their other publications.

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 14th December 2010

NSPCC prepare magical ‘Letters from Santa’ campaign

Soon, excited children up and down the country will be waiting anxiously by their letterboxes; eagerly awaiting their Letters from Santa, courtesy of the NSPCC

The NSPCC has worked very closely with their representatives in the North Pole over the last few months, and Santa has decided to send personalised letters to every child on the ‘Letters from Santa’ list!

For a suggested donation of £5, a letter will be personalised and placed upon Santa’s sleigh for delivery over the Christmas period to a child (or big kid!) that’s special to you. Every pound is warmly received as it will help the NSPCC continue to provide help and support to vulnerable children.

Each Letter from Santa will make a significant difference to the lives of children - for example £20 donated could enable the NSPCC to answer another five calls to ChildLine.

All of the personalised Letters from Santa will be posted in time for Christmas. Letters can be ordered through the NSPCC Wishes website, where you can find Christmas eCards, Corporate eCards and Letters from Father Christmas. You can even make a donation to Charity!

Letters from Santa with the NSPCC are easy to order, so it couldn't be simpler to support the NSPCC this Christmas

So, please help to put smiles on the faces of the nation’s children this festive season, starting with a magical Letter from Santa himself!

 

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News Item published 4th April 2011

New Website

A new website has been launched which offers hundreds of free Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 teaching resources. It has a large selection of role-play resources, display posters, flash cards, alphabets, number lines as well as many other innovative printable resources.

www.earlylearninghq.org.uk

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 4th April 2011

New Policies on the Website!

We have been advised by a childminder that there is an omission in our Lost Child Policy. It should include a statement saying that Ofsted need to be informed when a child goes missing. We have updated this policy. We have also made a childminding transition policy. Both can be accessed on the New Downloads page.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 12th May 2011

BCMA’s website writer is now  a published author!

To find out more about her book and the articles she writes in a monthly magazine

please click here.

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 30th May 2011

First Aid Inquiries

For First Aid Inquiries please call 0208 461 6271

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 30th May 2011

Bromley Childminders are still the best in the area!

Ofsted have released the latest set of inspection figures for inspections between 1st September 2008 and 31st March 2011. An amazing 23% of Bromley Childminders are Outstanding (65 childminders) and a further 65 % good (186 childminders). Bromley are well above the national average and also beating all their neighbouring boroughs for good and outstanding childminders! Well done Bromley!

When you analyse the data even further into the different areas inspected against the figures are even better. For example:

How well does the setting work in partnership with others 35% outstanding and 59% good

The extent to which children adopt healthy lifestyles 34% 60%

The extent to which children make a positive contribution 30% 63%

        For further information on all boroughs in the country visit

 

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 30th May 2011

Our Newsletter

If you didn’t receive our newsletter, you can view it here!

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th November 2011

Updates from OFSTED

Please click here for an important update from Ofsted

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th November 2011

Updates from OFSTED

Please click here for an important update from Ofsted

NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th November 2011

Updates from OFSTED

Please click here for an important update from Ofsted

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 13th November 2011

Annual Report by Local Authority

The Local Authority have recently had their annual assessment of children's services. It was great to see that Childminders were included in the feeback letter:

'There has been an increase in the proportion of good or better registered childminding'

A full copy of the report is available on the Ofsted website

 

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 21st April 2012

Find us on Facebook

We are now on facebook, please join the group for all the

latest updates and news. Click here to go straight to the

Facebook group.

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 12th August 2012

Petition - deregulating Childminders

In response to deregulation proposals a petition has been created. For more information and to sign the petition, please click here.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 18th September 2012

Books

Our Look Listen and Note and Planning booklets are currently being redesigned so that they reflect the changes to the EYFS framework. In the meantime the current books remain just as useful for recording observations and planning for individual children. We have developed a new grid for the planning book that lists the new 3 prime areas and the 3 focused areas of the framework. This is available to download from here ' Planning for a child grid'.

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 18th September 2012

New website for Childminders

Morton Michel who specialise in childcare insurance have developed their own support website 'Home Childcarer' We would highly recomend that you add their website to your favourites list and subscribe to their bi-monthly electronic newsletter

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 18th September 2012

2 Year old Progress checks

The revised EYFS that came into effect in September requires practitioners to produce a 2 year old progress check on every child within their care. Guidance is available by clicking here.

BCMA have produced a downloadable template that can be used 'My Progress Record'

 

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 18th September 2012

Use of digital photographic equipment

The revised EYFS that came into effect from September requires provisions to have a policy on the use of digital photographic equipment. We have developed some guidance as to what this policy might include 'Use of photographic equipment policy'

 

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NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 18th September 2012

Parents information booklet on the revised EYFS

4Children have produced a Parents Guide that can be 'personalised' with your settings details.

The Guide and the Guidance to amending it can be found on the web page