We believe that working closely with the parents of the children that we care for optimises care and education for the child and promotes mutual respect and understanding between the childminders and parents/guardians. There is no staff turn-over
“An excellent partnership with parents contributes significantly to children’s well-being. Parents’ views about their child’s needs and interests are actively sought before the childminder starts caring for their child and consistently developed. This is both verbally, by email and in the form of extremely detailed daily diaries which gives a vivid account of how the children spend their time whilst with the childminder and the stimulating range of activities they are involved in.
Children are very happy and content because parents share information about their child’s individual needs, interests and experiences with the childminder. Children’s routines and activities are shared with parents daily.” Ofsted.
We operate an ‘open door’ policy in which parents/guardians can drop in at any time whilst their child is in our care. Parents can also call us in the mornings or evenings and text us about concerns or information that we may need to know.
Each child has their own personal file in which we record relevant information about their learning and development (this includes observations, termly reports and Progress checks at 2) as well as all information regarding Health and Safeguarding (such as medication, accidents and incidents and child protection concerns).
Our contracts clearly explain what is expected of each party and are reviewed annually.
Each child goes home with a daily report which both parent/guardian and childminder can use to pass on any message they think important for the child to have a good day. It also provides information about food intake, sleep, nappies, the activities the child has taken part in and their mood throughout the day.
Parents/guardians receive termly a detailed record of the observations we have carried out during the term. These are gathered in a diary called Just Noticed Board, which gives a detailed accounts of our observations and an end of term assessment (Step Stop) about their child to which they can add their own comments which will be reviewed and if necessary discussed by the childminder. This reviews the progress made by the child.
We have a parents’ information board on which parents/guardians can find current liability insurances, any relevant risk assessments, fire escape routes, the list of infectious illnesses, the weekly menu and our planning sheets so that the parents/guardians can view what we are currently learning about etc.
We have a newsletter and a website where parents/guardians will find our policies, any news or information of activities, recent pictures and children’s art work etc.
“The childminder observes the children’s development and progress and uses this to produce memory books for parents to keep. These records chart children’s progress and development and are supported by a wealth of animated photographic evidence. For example photos show babies preparing flower beds and caring for plants. Parents are given ideas to help with their child’s learning at home and the childminder values their contributions. A notice board for parents has detailed information about what topics will be covered with children. Regular newsletters give further information about what children are learning, the trips planned to support their learning and how parents can contribute to their children’s learning and play. Consequently, children make significant progress in all areas of their development.” Ofsted.