Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Childminders, the unique child and the EYFS

I have been asked about this subject recently... a lot. So I thought I would put something here to support people who are maybe struggling to see how it all fits together.

I hope it helps! :)

1. Think about how you have the Statutory Requirements, Guidance advice and 16 Principles of the EYFS in place to support each child’s experiences with you;

2. Find out all you can about the unique child... from the child, his parents and other settings or professionals involved in the child’s care. These are your starting points;

3. Make your observations... watch, listen and learn as the child plays. Observations should be –

a. To the point – don’t waffle on;
b. Relevant to something the child has said or done;
c. Interesting to the reader;
d. Informative about what has happened;

4. Assess your observations... link them to the 6 areas of learning and development of the EYFS;

5. Plan... for the child’s next steps using the EYFS, information from parents and others to decide what you want to do. Next steps planning should be –

a. To the point – again waffle is boring;
b. Realistic for the child’s abilities, age and stage of development – check this out with the EYFS ages and stages information;
c. Following the child’s interests and learning styles / schemas;
d. Shared with parents;

6. Support the child’s next steps... think about how you might help the child’s learning and development. Maybe you will –

a. Buy some new resources or...
b. Make changes to your environment or...
c. Work with the child more closely to achieve something he finds tricky or...
d. Make suggestions to parents or...
e. Work with another setting to support the child or...
f. Take advice from someone better qualified than you or...
g. Write a message on the
Childminding Forum so other childminders can help you (remembering confidentiality of course);
h. Read a book or look something up on the internet or...

i. Buy one of my e-books from www.knutsfordchildminding.co.uk to find out more about a particular subject that interests you;

7. Constantly evaluate yourself by thinking about how you are doing and how you could make things work better so the child’s time with you is even more special next session.