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.
Essential Inspection Related Documents
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.
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Thanks kay , can yo keep me posted with updates please 😊
i usually comment in my newsletters when i update this page, so please check there
Thankyou so much. Can u keep me posted with updates please
Can I have updates please
Please can I have updates.
Please can I have updates
Thank you SOOOO much. The hardest thing is keeping up to date😱😬
Please can I have updates?
I post them on this page. If you bookmark the page, then you can check back
So helpful, thank you!
Hi, thanks a lot you are always helpful.
Thank you 😊
Thank you so much , it’s great x
Thank you Linda x
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.
If you follow the link I think there should be a guide to the changes on the Ofsted page.
This is great, so thank you so much for keeping us informed, as usual!
Thanks Juliette =)
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.
Ah, thanks Stella. So glad I could be of help =)
Great information thank you …
Thanks Dawn x
Please can I sign up
Thank you very useful c
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 =)
Very helpful thank you
Thank you very helpful
THANKYOU x how do I save this page? Please
Just bookmark it in your browser and check it from time to time. =)
Thank you Kay, that’s brilliant x
Thank Kay for all your hard work putting this together.
fab thanks Kay
Just what I’ve been waiting for!!!
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
Thanks, Sally. This document is definitely meant for sharing. I’m glad you found it useful x
A wonderful job. Super helpful inifomatorn.
what a great Idea, thanks for taking the time and sharing x
Fantastic thank you very much 🙂
This is an excellent idea. It saves hours of trawling through documents to make sure you have the latest version. Thank you very much!
Great idea! This will save a lot of childminders stress about what they actually need 🙂
Brillant alot of childminders will thank you for this well done x
Excellent idea, thank you Kay
Thanks Angel and Nicola. I will keep this page updated and then I think it will be a useful resource x
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
Fab idea, gr8 for all those just starting up or anyone who’s unsure.
Great link to help keep up to date with all the latest documentation.
Thanks, Tracey for taking the time to post this. My very first blog comment. Made my day =)