Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (revised in March 2014)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 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.
Within this publication you will find out more information on the statutory requirements that childminders have to adhere to. Including:
Early Years Outcomes
A non-statutory guide for practitioners and inspectors to help inform understanding of child development through the early years.
This is the publication that early years professionals use to assess, and track the progress and development, of all children in the Early years age group (0-5).
It is comprised of the 7 areas of the curriculum:
-Personal, social and Emotional development
-Communication and language
These are the areas that are to be focused on during the first 3 years of a child's life.
The specific areas are:
-Understanding of the World
-Expressive arts and Design
The criteria are there as a best fit option, it is not to say that a child does not meet a specific criteria statement if they are not doing/saying/using the examples that they may say in the statement. The age ranges of the criteria are also there as a basis, it is not to say that a child is under achieving if they are not actively working within their actual age range, this would be determined by professional opinion or a referral to other professionals.
Requirements for the childcare register: Childminders
This guidance describes the requirements set out in regulations for both parts of the Childcare Register (compulsory and voluntary). If providers choose to be included on either part of the register they must meet these requirements at all times when providing childcare.
Welfare of the children being cared for
Arrangements for safeguarding children
Suitability of persons to care for, or be in regular contact with, children
Qualifications and training
Suitability and safety of premises and equipment
How the childcare provision is organised
Procedures for dealing with complaints
Records to be kept
Providing information to parents
Providing information to Ofsted
Changes to premises and provision
Changes to people
Matters affecting the welfare of children
Certificate of registration
The numbers and ages of children that providers on the Early Years and Childcare Registers may care for
1. This factsheet sets out our policy regarding the numbers and ages of children that registered providers may care for when registered on the Early Years and Childcare Registers.
2. From September 2012, in most cases, we will no longer set out the numbers and ages of children that registered providers may care for through conditions of registration. Registered providers may decide how many children they can care for in line with the legal requirements. These are set out in section 3 of the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the relevant regulations for the Childcare Register. This will allow providers to be much more flexible in the service they offer without having to ask our permission to make changes. For example, if a group provider decides they want to take more two-year-olds and fewer three- to five-year-olds, they can make the necessary changes by referring to the relevant sections of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We will check that providers continue to meet the requirements at inspection.
3. The EYFS allows us to decide if some providers must have a higher adult to child ratio than normal to ensure the safety and welfare of children. If we decide to do this, we will continue to limit the number and/or ages of children
those providers may care for in a condition of registration set out on their registration certificate. For example, we may restrict the ages of children someone may care for if they have a medical condition that prevents them from
lifting children. In the majority of cases, it will not be necessary for us to do this.