As I childminder I follow the Early years foundation stage (EYFS) and this influences my planning and activities. The EYFS sets the standards for all childcare, nurseries, childminders and children of reception year and the principles are grouped into four themes.
1. A unique child.
Principle – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
2. Positive Relationships
Principle – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person
3. Enabling Environments
Principle – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
4. Learning and Development
Principle – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Learning Diaries/Feedback Books
In order to keep in contact with parents and keep them up to date on their child's learning and development, we have two procedures in place. The first is a feedback book. This is a book that details the child's day to day information. For example: sleep, accidents,nappy changing, what the have eaten and what they have done. This book is transferred from parent to childminder day to day and can also be used by parents to comment on progress/ask questions or write things about the child's development at home. This is done as parents are often busy and don't have a lot of time to speak to the childminder. It also helps the childminder to remember things that have gone on throughout the day.
The other procedure is the use of a learning diary. This documents the child's individual progress and achievements. Using observations, samples of work and photographs, the childminder can determine what the child is doing well and areas they may need more support. It can assist with planning or activities and adapting activities to suit the needs of the child. This is kept at the childminders home but can be viewed by the parent at any time.