Services for childminders
Early Years Practitioners Support
London Borough of Barnet
North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
020 8359 7611
Services for childminders
Looking for the latest news?
Look in the 'related items' box on the left and then click on 'related news'.
Looking for the Training Guide?
For information on training courses we are running, including First Aid courses, visit our training for childminders page in the Workforce Development area.
Barnet launches MASH
MASH is the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and it brings together professional work to safeguard children in Barnet. If you are concerned about a child and need to make a referral, the phone number remains the same 020 8359 4066. You can read more about the MASH here. There is also an information booklet in the related downloads section.
Free Early Education (FEE)
Some two year olds and all three and four year olds are entitled up to 15 hours per week of high quality early years education. You can read more about FEE here.
Parents can choose to use a childminder for their child's Early Education. The grade you received at your last OfSTED Inspection will determine if you are able to provide these places for children.
In order to deliver FEE for three and four year olds you will need to have a satisfactory, good or outstanding grade. All children are entitled to an early education place starting from the term AFTER they turn three years. If you have children who will be taking their FEE with you, you need to let us know so can set you up to make your claim. Email Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to deliver FEE for two year olds, you will need to have a good or outstanding grade. Parents will need to show you an offer letter confirming that their child is eligible for a free place. If eligible the child can have a place the term after they have turned two years. To join the scheme, email email@example.com
If you have any questions, please contact Julie Paice on 020 8359 7611 or email Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
New Ofsted Inspection framework will start on 4 November 2013.
On 3 October, Ofsted published two new documents detailing the new Inspection framework:
conducting early years inspections from November 2013
- evaluation Schedule for the inspections of registered early years provision from November 2013.
You can find these documents on the related downloads page.
Important things to note are:
- change from ‘Satisfactory’ to ‘Requires Improvement’ judgement
inspectors must keep the ‘bigger picture’ in mind and take into account the history of the provision, including any concerns, when making their judgement
inspectors must check staff qualifications and make a record of them
inspectors must check all Disclosure and Barring Service records and record as part of the evidence
when evidence indicates that any of the bullet points in the descriptors for inadequate apply, that aspect of the early years provision must be judged inadequate
the Evaluation Schedule provides much greater detail regarding the Requires Improvement Section which was formerly Satisfactory.
New Early Years Outcome Document
A new document has been published to further support your delivery of the The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You can find it in the 'related downloads' page but you can also download it here.
As you know the EYFS requires you to review children’s progress and share a summary with parents between the ages of 24 and 36 months.
This document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners. It can be used as a guide to support your judgments about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age.
It was published on the 9 September 2013 and DOES NOT REPLACE Development Matters but should be used in conjunction with it.
Childminders need to be aware of common childhood illnesses and conditions, how to minimise infections and how long children need to be away from your setting. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) have produced a very helpful document called ‘ Guidance on Infection Control in schools and other childcare settings’ which you can download from the ‘downloads ‘ box on the left.
This document also informs you about 'notifiable diseases’. If a child in your care contracts one of these illness, you MUST inform both Ofsted and a Health Protection Unit (HPU). This document explains who to contact.
Free Webinars-'Self Employed Childminders & HMRC'
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are offering free webinars to Barnet childminders. A webinar is a seminar conducted over the Internet. You log onto a website to see the presentation and use a headset (with a speaker) to listen and to ask questions, It's like a normal training session but in the comfort of your own home! These webinars offer help and advice around tax and being self employed and they are repeated twice a month. The February webinar is on Saturday, 22 February 10.30am. You can register here
Support and advice
There is plenty of support to help you develop in your childminding career. Barnet has a knowledgeable and experienced childminding team to support and advise registered childminders.
We aim to support our childminding workforce to provide the very best level of care to the children and families they work with. We can help you with any issues or problems you have, and encourage and support you to continually review and develop your service. If you need help or advice on any aspect of your childminding service, no matter how big or how small, we are here to help.
We have a team of Childminding Development Officers (CDOs) who can meet you at your local children’s centre or drop-in group, offer help over the phone or email, or meet you in your home.
Contact: Julie Paice on 020 8359 7611.
Working with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a disability
Are you a working (or about to start work) with a child who has:
- any special needs
- a disability
- a health condition
- other additional needs?
If you are, then it is important that you let your CDO know about this, so that we can make sure that both you, the child and the family, are getting all the help and support needed.
Or do you have concerns that a child in your care may have one of the above?
Then we can offer expert help and advice to support the child and their family get them other services that they may need or be entitled to.
If you are unsure who your CDO is then contact Julie Paice to get more information and help.
Sample Child Protection Policies
We have added some sample policies to the related downloads page - click on the related downloads box on the left. These include a sample Child Protection Policy and a sample policy around the use of Digital Technology such as phones and cameras in your setting.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Pack
The revised EYFS came into force on 1 September 2012. The pack is now much smaller and you can access all the documents here.
Your CDO can help you prepare for your Ofsted Inspection and advise you on issues that are regularly coming up in reports. You should have an inspection every three years. If you contact your CDO about four months before your inspection is due, this will give us plenty of time to help you.
Ofsted has published new documents relating to the new Inspections that came in September 2012. You can view these in the 'related downloads' box to the left.
Contact: Julie Paice on 020 8359 7611.