In Annex A: Links between the requirements of the Children Register and the welfare
requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage
it states: There is no requirement for an early years childminder to be ‘present
at all times’. So, for example, a childminder could leave early years children in
the care of an assistant while he or she collects others from school, but couldn’t
leave later years children.
Imagine is the UK ’s brightest and best children’s literature festival. Stories,
poetry, music and magic are at the heart of Imagine, a brilliant week of performances
for children at Southbank Centre. Hear top children's authors read from their work
and then meet them after the shows. Check out the
best in stand-up comedy and storytelling. Featuring Carol Ann Duffy,
Brian Patten, James Campbell, Cathy Cassidy, Paul Kieve, Jan Blake
and many more! There are free performances, workshops and
exhibitions for children.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 24 January 2009
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 24 January 2009
The BCMA website has a new Webmaster. Becky Hodgman, daughter of Web Writer Liz Hodgman
has taken over the website from Grant Klopper, we would like to thank him for his
work over the last few months. Becky is currently studying Media and is looking forward
to developing the website and her IT skills. Please bear with us, while Becky gets
to grips with the software.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 29th January 2009
EYFS Focus Group
On Monday 26th January 2009, 20 Bromley Childminders attened an EYFS Focus Group
at Sundridge Park Manor. The evening was organised by the Centre for the Use of Research
and Evidence in Education (CUREE). They were doing research for the Qualifications
and Curriculum Authority to find out how Childminders are implementing the new EYFS
The evening was split into three parts, looking at:
Observation and Assessment,
Childminders, in small groups were able to share their practice, how they observe,
assess and plan, what documentation they use to record it, what resources they have
found useful etc.
They were asked about what training they had recieved prior to implementation and
how effective it had been. Positive feedback was given on the BCMA websites EYFS
pages and the EYFS 12 hour training course organised by Bromley Adult Education College
and part funded by BCMA.
All Childminders that attended recieved a fee and paid expenses. Apologies to those
who wished to attend and completed an invite but didn't get a place. We hope that
this opportunity will be repeated again and we will prioritise those that missed
out this time round.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 29th January 2009
Thanks to the Tamworth Childminding Group for suggesting a policy on Laminate Flooring.
This policy will be added shortly to the Policies Page. If you have any ideas for
policies, procedures or documentation then please do contact us.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 31st January 2009
A nutritionist will be attending the following ‘Drop In Groups’ to give advice and
answer any questions you may have. There will also be an opportunity to attend a
Nutrition Workshop at a later date.
Princess Plain Tuesday 24th February 9.30 – 11.30am
Elmers End Thursday 26th February 9.30 – 11.30am
Blenheim Friday 27th February 9.30 – 11.30 am
Burnt Ash Monday 2nd March 9.30 – 11.30 am
Please note all other ‘Drop In Groups’ will be visited by the Nutritionist over the
Early Years, Childcare and Access Service
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 3rd February 2009
EYFS Individual Planning
We have received requests from Childminders for a form to show how activities can
be planned around themes and activities but showing the differentiation for each
child, according to their interests and abilities.
We have developed the following document and also include a completed example for
you to look at.
The 'A Day in the life' article will hopefully help other Childminders to understand
what Inspectors are looking for in a routine under EYFS. We were a little concerned
however with one statement
'Amanda’s working day often runs from 8am to 6pm. After breakfast it’s the morning
school run, and then she and the children may attend one of the local mother-and-toddler
groups. These childminder-run groups offer a great chance for Amanda and the children
to socialise and play together.' We have raised the question with Ofsted that this
terminology is not inclusive to dads or other male carers and implies all childminders
Mark Making Matters: new National Strategies resource
This booklet supports the process of quality improvement among early-years practitioners.
It offers guidance to all practitioners in order to strengthen outcomes for children
across all six Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) areas of learning and development,
with an emphasis on writing and problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
Expert practitioners have provided material and support for the booklet,
which is based on real practice and sound research. The booklet is organised
around the four EYFS themes and in each section there are best-practice
This booklet for practitioners is focused mainly on the younger children in the EYFS
(birth-36 months), although there is much that will be of interest to practitioners
working with the older children.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED 8th February 2009
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework Statutory Requirement ‘Safeguarding and
promoting children’s welfare’ states that childcare providers must obtain ‘information
about who has legal contact with the child and who has parental responsibility’.
We have developed the following form for Childminders to use. Alternatively you may
like to add some questions for parents to complete on your contract or initial application
Thanks to all the Childminders who have written in asking about a policy for snow
and a risk assessment.
We have written a policy on Extreme Weather. We would recommend that Childminders
adapt it to meet the needs of their own practice. For example if you live in a side
road then your road may be inaccessible in heavy snow and you might need to make
alternative arrangements for parents to bring their children to you or if you have
a garden that is on a slope this might be too dangerous to use in icy weather for
young children etc
We have also developed a risk assessment form for extreme weather. We have filled
in a few boxes to get you started but again these will need to be amended to suit
your own practice.
Bromley Early Years have requested us to include the following two Safeguarding Documents
on the website. This information is repeated in full on the Bromley Early Years Page
if you are unable to open the links.
Following on from a previous news item where we suggested a parental permission form
for allowing children to use the computer and Internet we have come accross the idea
of drawing up an internet agreement document with your older school aged children.
We would suggest that you involve their parents in this and maybe encourage them
to have one at home. Completing this would support Every Child Matter Outcomes, Keeping
Children Safe and Making a Positive Contribution.
For examples of Internet agreements
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED: 11th February 2009
Message from the Ambulance Service We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers
stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill,
the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call.
Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case
of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign. The concept of
'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations.
As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do
is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during
emergency under the name 'ICE' (In Case Of Emergency). The idea was thought up by
a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always
mobile phones with patients but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore
thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognised name for
this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital
Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number
you have stored as 'ICE'.
Childminders please also pass this onto your minded children's parents. It maybe
that you as their childminder might be one of their ICE numbers.
NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED: 11th February 2009
NCMA Publish SEF Support document
NCMA publish a 17 page downloadable document to support childminders in developing
their self-reflection. It includes templates for self reflection and planning.
It's now 3 years since we launched the BCMA website. In the first year we had 10,
000 visitors, in year two just over 27,000. In year three we have had over 85,000
visitors! Thank you for all the lovely comments that we receive from you, either
via email or the guestbook. Your feedback is very important to us.
The site continues to develop, this year there has been a significant number of pages
added for the introduction of EYFS. We are currently working on developing a Male
Childminder section of the website. If you are a male childminder working on your
own, or working with your partner or another childminder we would love to hear from
you. We are also planning on doing a full audit of the site. We are aware that there
are areas that are now very out of date since the introduction of EYFS and that these
need to be amended or removed. Please bear with us as we make these alterations over
the coming weeks/months.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in
the website since it began in February 2006. Firstly Pat Myles who designed the website
and was our webmaster until September 2008. We originally commissioned him to design
us a 4 page website in January 2006! But his enthusiasm and commitment to the website enabled
it to develop into the enormous site we have today. Grant Klopper who was our webmaster
from September 2008 to January 2009 and Becky Hodgman our current webmaster. We would
also like to say a huge thank you to our web writer Liz Hodgman. She continues to
write and develop policies for us and we are very grateful for her continued input
The Independent Safeguarding Authority have published information regarding registration
with ISA by employees, self employed(e.g. childminders) and volunteers. This scheme
does not replace applying for enhanced CRB clearances. See the link for further details.
The cost of applying to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme has been set
at £64. This is comprised of a £28 fee to cover the ISA's costs and £36 to cover
the CRB's costs as administrator of the applications.
The proposed timetable for the introduction is:
From October 2009
New job applicants will need to apply for ISA registration.
Employers and voluntary organisations working with children and vulnerable adults
cannot recruit workers who are not ISA-registered.
Existing employees and volunteers with no CRB check must apply for ISA registration.
Existing employees and volunteers with CRB checks will also need to apply for ISA
registration, starting with staff whose CRB checks are the oldest.
BCMA's webwriter and webmaster along with their family are doing a sponsored 5km
run for Cherobyl Children's Project in April but dressed as Russian dolls! They want
to raise £500 to bring children over from Belarus for a recuperative holiday, away
from all the radiation cause by the Chernobyl explosion and for a once in a lifetime
holiday. For more information
A new website with loads of information and free resources on health eating and exercise,
recipes and the latest news and resources available. A great source of information,
you do need to join, but it is quick and free. http://grub4life.org.uk/