As an Ofsted registered childminder I follow the governments early years foundation stage framework (EYFS). This sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. (you can read more about the EYFS at http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g00213120/eyfs-statutory-framework).
The Key points of this framework are:
Four more specific areas are also:
To create a good foundation for your childs development, I will help your child learn through play in an environment that is fun, safe and stimulating. I will provide play related activities that incorporate the EYFS goals, helping your child to develop to their full potential.
I provide various activities for all children and adapt them to suit individuals. I follow the EYFS so make sure activities help your child to not just have fun but to learn and develop at the same time.
We aim to get out in the fresh air every day. Whether this is a walk to the local parks, a trip to the woods or Farm or just exploring and playing in the garden.
There is a decked area just outside the double doors from the house, which can be divided off from the rest of the garden.
This area is great for crawlers and young babies or just when you don’t want anyone getting too muddy after heavy rain! It has water play, outside giant chalkboard, small toddler slide, children’s picnic bench and benches for older children and adults, toddler trampoline and the sea-saw can also be brought up as well.
We have a south facing garden, so plenty of light and sunshine (when the weather allows it!). If this on occasion gets too much I have a couple of parasols and a large pop-up gazebo that can cover the decked area or be put on the lawn.
In the main part of the garden we have a lawned area for ball games and picnics, a play area with double swing (can either have baby/toddler seats or older seats attached) large slide, sandpit, playhouse with kitchen, ride on toys, bats and balls and various outdoor games to play.
We have a small growing greenhouse, water butt, pots and a raised vegetable border, so that every year myself and the children can plant different seeds and help them to grow. Helping the children to see where their food comes from and maybe try a new food as well.
Our home has been designed with family in mind, it is a very social open planned home, with different ways to separate rooms off.
There are lots of different toys and lots of different storage solutions so children can find and put away toys easily without things getting too muddled up and lost.
Our dining table is a great size for everyone to join in either at meal times, cooking, craft, messy play etc. and the kitchen is spacious with plenty of space for children to help with cooking and safe with knives out of reach and child locks on all out of bound cupboards.
We have dressing up, train sets, cars and road mats, baby and toddler toys, play kitchen and till for shop, pop up tent and tunnel, Lots of Happy Land sets, Lego, Play dough, Craft, Puzzles for all ages, Games for all ages, Books for all ages, musical instruments, Farm with animals and lots of other animals too, Barbie’s, action men, Dolls and prams, push along toys for early walkers, Play gym for babies, Ball pit, trays for messy play (pasta, jelly, shaving foam, rice, corn flour etc.). Indoor ball games, play darts, hopscotch, building blocks, dolls house.
A Typical Day
7.00am-8.00am Parents/guardians drop off children (Breakfast at 7.30am If needed).
8.00am -9.30am School/pre-school drop off or free play
9.30am–10.30am Free play/nap time/outing
10.30am-11.30am Snack time, then structured/adult led play
e.g. water/sand play. Dressing up. Craft. Play dough.
Cooking. Puzzles/Games. Music. Or an outing: Soft
Play, Messy play, toddler groups, park, playground,
12.00pm-12.30pm Pick up from Pre-school
1.00pm-2.45pm Structured/Adult led play e.g. water/sand play.
Dressing up.Craft.Play dough.Cooking.Puzzles/Games.
2.45pm-3.30pm School/Pre School pick up
3.30pm-3.45pm Snack time
3.45pm-4.30pm Free play/Park/ Homework
5.00pm-6.00pm Parent/Guardian pick up.
NB; free play is where a child can choose what they wish to play with that doesn’t need an adult to help with (although most of the time I will be playing alongside them) or set up, e.g. mega blocks, dolls, cars, play kitchen, slide and sea saw in the garden, musical toys, happy land characters, farm yard. Occasionally I will allow the television to go on but the amount of time is monitored so that it is less than aprox 2 hours a day.