It is an EYFS statutory requirement that play must be ‘planned’ and ‘purposeful’ and respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests. To do this you should:
- Demonstrate that you offer each child a mixture of free play and structured activities
- Demonstrate that your planned activities are in response to each child’s needs and interests
- Make sure the activities you have planned for each child are relevant to what you have established as the child’s ‘next steps’ in his development.
- Be familiar with the Early Learning Goals – the level of progress children are expected to have gained by the end of their reception year in school.
Use this free downloadable calendar to plan to work some diversity awareness celebrations and activities into your childminding year. The calendar includes the dates of some multicultural holidays, religious festivals for Britain’s three biggest religions (Christianity, Islam and Hinduism) and other big events with a diversity focus. There are lots more events than these to choose from if you look for them on the web and it’s best where you can to adapt activities to the children you look after. Suppose you look after a Jewish or Sikh child? Talk to their parents for ideas then search on Google for ways to celebrate festivals that are important to them. Write them on this calendar so you remember to celebrate them.
How to write a year plan (long term plan) for your childminding setting
Step by step instructions on writing a year plan so you don’t forget anything.
Four mistakes to avoid when planning for 2019
As the old year ends and the new begins, it is a good time to stop for a moment and take stock of the learning journey- assessment- planning system you are using in your setting and check that they are suitable for your needs. Check that you aren’t making any of the following mistakes [more]
Is your childminding planning system simple and structured? Do you feel your plans are actually useful to your setting, or just another Ofsted chore? Keep the following in mind when you write your 2019 childminding plans: [more]
Keep parents at the heart of your learning journey because they will read it more than anybody else… [more]
Ever find yourself staring at that row of letters and boxes on your learning journey form that asks you to circle which Characteristic of Effective Learning (CEOL) you are seeing in your learning journey observation and feeling baffled? [more]
Products that can help you
Join the Childminding Best Practice Club and get monthly packs of themed activities emailed to you. As well as art projects with templates, each pack includes a planning guide to help you plan around a theme.
Put in place a complete observation, planning and assessment system. Includes 200 photos and example observations teaching you how to link observations to next steps. Based in Word, all documents can be edited and customised easily before you print them.
Distance learning journey course for childminders to learn how to write observations and improve their learning journeys.
EYFS Statutory Framework – A full description of the exact written requirements that childminders must do for planning.
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