A list of all the essential and useful documents that childminders must be aware of in one handy place. The documents that you MUST use have a yellow button.

If you bookmark this page then you’ll be able to find it next time you need it.

Last Updated 25/02/2022 (Edited the layout to make it more user friendly and added additional documents or websites mentioned in the EYFS, as well as useful Covid related documents.)

Essential Early Years Documents

Statutory Framework For The Early Years Foundation Stage

This is the document all childminders in England MUST follow

Ofsted Parent’s Poster

You must display this poster where parents can see it. It contains information about how they can contact Ofsted.

Early Years Inspection Handbook

This handbook describes the main activities that inspectors undertake when they carry out inspections of early years providers in England. The handbook also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report. It is very useful to read if you are due an inspection.

Inspecting Safeguarding in the Early Years, Education and Skills Settings

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the education inspection framework. Useful to read if you have an inspection due.

Essential Safeguarding Documents

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)

You MUST have regard for this document.

What to do if you are worried that a child is being abused

You may also find this document useful if you are worried about a child.

The Prevent duty: Protecting children from radicalisation

You MUST have regard for this document.

Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations

Guidance to help those who work in early years settings consider their practice and to take steps to safeguard both children and adults online.

Useful Assessment/ Child Development Documents

Development Matters – Published by the Department of Education

You can use this document to help you assess children’s progress. However, it is not compulsory.

Birth to 5 Matters

Non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage developed by the Early Years Coalition.

Progress Check at Age 2 – Non Statutory Guidance

Useful Health and Safety Documents

Safer Food Better Business for Childminders

Food safety management pack for registered childminders or child-carers on domestic premises who usually provide meals and drinks for the children in their care.

Health Protection in Schools and other Childcare Facilities

A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.

Physical Activity Guidelines from the Chief Medical Office

As mentioned in the EYFS

Useful Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Documents

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Useful Financial and Tax Documents

HMRC list of allowable expenses for childminders

Essential information about which expenses you can legally deduct.

Useful Covid 19 Resources

Living with Covid 19

NHS Covid Symptom List

57 thoughts on “Official Document Links

  1. Is the only difference bet the 2015 and 2017 version of Working Together To Safeguard children an amendment to add CSE. If this is the case could you tell me what it says I just seem to be going round in circles. If you can help much appreciated.

  2. Kay you’ve done it again! Thankyou so much for helping us childminders save time and have all the info we may need in one easy to find place. Saved in my favs now. Thanks again.

    1. THanks, Tanya. You have to click on ‘follow’ the blog. There’s a sign up box that you have to enter your email address in. If you get tired of hearing from me in the future, you can just unsubscribe =)

  3. This is exactly what childminders need, everything current and relevant in one place. I hope you don’t mind, I have shared on our local childminding network group! Xx thank you. Xx

  4. This is an excellent idea. It saves hours of trawling through documents to make sure you have the latest version. Thank you very much!

  5. Brilliant and very informative

    Thank you for sharing with my members Kay …ideal for old and new childminders

    Like the lay out and its simple to navigate

    Thank you for all your hard work

    Well done Kay xx

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